Media Release 15 February 2017
This week the media have been leading the nation in national mourning for the deaths of hundreds of Pilot Whales that perished on the beach at Farewell Spit. This tragic news has featured on the front pages of our daily newspapers and as the lead item on the 6 pm TV One news. The media have recounted how crowds of volunteers have provided touching compassion and dedicated care to save these precious lives. We have been deeply moved by the sight of several volunteers singing to the distressed whales to comfort them and others crying at the death of those they were seeking desperately to save.
While it is entirely appropriate to cover such sad events, Right to Life questions the priorities of the media. On one hand we have them presenting the stranding of whales as a major news event and on the other the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s report in June 2016, that 13,155 innocent and defenseless unborn children were aborted in the previous 2015 year, is barely worth a mention. That the deliberate killing of these children, with the consent of and funded by government as a core health service is virtually ignored by our daily newspapers, on radio, or on TV is untenable.
All the Whales in the world are not equal to the intrinsic and inestimable value of one precious unborn child which is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation. If the violent killing of 35 children in the womb each day in New Zealand is not an issue, we have some very serious questions to ask ourselves. As Joseph Stalin, one of the greatest mass murderers in history said, the murder of one person is a tragedy, but the murder of tens of thousands is just a statistic. That mindset accounts for the silent acceptance by our community of the murder of 500,000 children in the womb in New Zealand since 1978.
Why is the media silent about the killing of our own children?
It is a grave injustice and a crime against humanity that the government authorises and funds the killing of more than 13,000 children in the womb each year, under a law that is supposed to protect them. The government on the other hand, is vigorously supporting the extension of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to protect the lives of whales and their breeding and feeding. If the government is really serious about protecting life, why is it that they are determined to protect whales and yet are not prepared to protect our most precious resource, our own children?