Right to Life considers it unequivocal that medical practitioners have the legal right to refuse to participate in the killing of unborn children. The Society commends those doctors who respect life and who follow their conscience and refuse to be involved in violence against the unborn.
The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand [ALRANZ] has recently claimed that doctors who respect life and who refuse to be involved in abortion have no right to follow their conscience and should be compelled to refer women to another doctor who will facilitate the abortion. ALRANZ is advocating that doctors who refuse to refer, should be required to provide the patient with an automatic monetary compensation. It is appalling that this organisation wishes to punish doctors who refuse to be involved with the murder of the innocent and the infliction of violence upon women.
The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, section 46 provides legal protection for any doctor or nurse who objects on conscience grounds to being involved with the killing of an unborn child, providing sterilisation of equipment used in that killing, or prescribing contraception. Pharmacists, are also permitted to refuse to provide contraception.
Medical practitioners have a moral obligation and the legal right to practice medicine according to an informed conscience, to do no harm and to respect the sanctity of life of every patient from the moment of conception to natural death.In 2010 the Medical Council sought to make it mandatory for doctors opposed to abortion to refer women seeking an abortion to a doctor who was prepared to facilitate the killing of the child. Our community should be grateful to a group of pro-life doctors under the name NZ Health Professional Alliance, who challenged the Medical Council in the High Court in Wellington and won.
Abortion the intentional killing of a defenceless and innocent child in the womb, is intrinsically evil and a violation of their inalienable right to life, it is not a health service.
Should the state deny the right of the medical profession to practice medicine with an informed conscience, doctors would become instruments of the state. We must never forget Nazi Germany which in 1933, revoked the Hippocratic oath for the German medical profession. In place of the oath, doctors swore to promote the health of the nation, in accordance with the orders of the state. This resulted in massive human rights abuses in Germany with the T4 Euthanasia programme that resulted in more than 300,000 innocent Germans in rest homes and hospitals and in 6 million Jews being murdered in concentration camps.
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