Media Release Tuesday 12th September 2017
Right to Life makes no apology for speaking up in defence of women and their precious unborn. Jacinda Ardern has promised, that if elected she plans to decriminalise abortion in New Zealand. She is determined to override the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion appointed by the Labour government in 1975. She has declared that, in her eyes, the killing of unborn children should not be a crime.
Jacinda Ardern on Newstalk ZB with Larry Williams on Monday 11 September, claimed that “there had been a huge amount of misinformation and my image has been used inappropriately.” She claims that there is a smear campaign directed at her on her abortion stance.
Right to Life in a media release on Friday 8 September 2017 asked her five very important questions concerning the protection of women and their unborn, relating to her commitment to decriminalise abortion. We say again that Jacinda Ardern owes it to the community and especially the women of New Zealand to answer these questions. To date she has refused to do so and claims that those asking her to clarify her position on abortion are conducting a smear campaign. Her response is an insult to the women of New Zealand. The questions we have asked her are:
- Do you recognize the unborn child as a human being endowed with human rights?
- Why do you believe that killing a defenceless child in the womb is not a crime and is a health service?
- Why do you consider yourself qualified to override the findings of a Royal Commission that considered submissions made by experts both in New Zealand and from overseas, and who all agreed that human life begins at conception and that from implantation, the life of the child deserves and needs protection provided by the Crimes Act?
- Why are you continuing to impose guilt on women seeking an abortion by saying that the law makes criminals of them when you know that this is not true?
- Why do you wish to take abortion out of the Crimes Act and treat the killing of the unborn as a health service? [Abortion is in the Crimes Act 1961 under Part viii, Crimes Against the person, because the legislation recognises the unborn child as a human being with human rights].
Right to Life believes that those who govern do so with the permission of the electorate and are accountable to the nation. Right to Life is disappointed that the media who are at the service of the community are not using their influence to challenge Jacinda Ardern to respond to these important questions.
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