Media Release 14 October 2014
Right to Life is disappointed that the National Council of Women [NCW] which has an outstanding record over 120 years of promoting the interests of women, has adopted at its recent National Conference a remit calling on the government to decriminalise abortion. This will intensify the war on women.
The consequences of decriminalisation are;
- It would remove abortion from the Crimes Act. It would no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child.
- The killing of the child would be a health issue and the state would have no interest in protecting the right to life of the child- which would be the property of the mother.
- An abortion could be for any reason or no reason effectively for the full nine months of pregnancy.
- It would discriminate against the disabled e.g.Down syndrome or Spina Bifida children, who could now be killed up to birth.
- It would discriminate against women as it would now allow sex selection abortions which favour male children.
Abortion protects the interests of men. It discriminates against women as it would increasingly empower men to abandon the child they have fathered and the mother of the child.
Abortion is violence against women and their precious unborn which would increasingly be promoted as a “health service”
It is a tragedy that NCW has adopted an anti-feminist position. The authentic feminist position is pro -women, pro-life and pro-family. This was the unequivocal position of the leaders of the feminist movement in the nineteenth century in the United States. Susan B. Anthony, deplored abortion as “child murder”. Elizabeth C. Stanton, said that “abortion is not liberating but a tool of male oppression”. “women have been treated for so long as property, it was degrading that their children should now be treated as property”. These pioneer leaders in the Feminist movement viewed abortion as the ultimate exploitation of women and yet were compassionate towards those who resorted to it and reserved their scorn for those men who had used and abandoned them.
Rae Duff, the newly elected National President of the NCW, in her address to Conference deplored violence against women and the inequality that women faced in many areas. The NCW Conference passed a remit deploring domestic violence. Why does the NCW not recognise that abortion is the ultimate in domestic violence against women and the unborn child who is the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family? Pregnancy is not a disease and the murder of the unborn is not a health service.
It was proposed in the remit that taking abortion out of the Crimes Act would remove the stigma attached to abortion. There is a terrible stigma attached to the murder of the innocent and defenceless, it will not be removed by pretending that the killing of the unborn is a “health issue”.
Right to Life encourages the NCW to champion women faced with an unplanned pregnancy by withdrawing support for the decriminalisation of abortion, opposing the abortion on demand, promoting open adoption, advocating for legislation to recognise the humanity and personhood of the unborn child and calling for chastity based sexuality education in schools.
Right to Life.