Media Release Saturday 27th Jan 2018
Right to Life predicted in 1977 with the passing of the abortion laws allowing for the killing of the unborn, that within 40 years there would be a movement to change the law to allow for the killing of the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill. The community should take careful note of the way the abortion law in New Zealand has failed abysmally to provide protection for women and their precious unborn.
David Seymour claims that his End of Life Choice bill provides substantial safeguards to protect the vulnerable. The safeguards would include two doctors having to sign off that the person genuinely wished to end their life. Care would be taken to eliminate coercion and that there would be a Committee to ensure that the law was upheld. These proposed safeguards are a charade as there is and never will be a way to protect the vulnerable from being deprived of their lives by those who believe that they are not worthy of life.
The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act was passed with the expectation that abortions would be rare, legal and safe. Doctors would be scrupulously held accountable for the abortions they authorised after giving full regard to the rights of the unborn child. The Act provides for the appointment of the Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] to oversee and supervise the performance of abortion in New Zealand. What then are the results of these safeguards?
- The ASC refuses to question Certifying Consultants for the grounds on which they authorise abortions, claiming that it is not their responsibility. There has never been a doctor charged in the court for authorising an unlawful abortion. We have abortion on demand with 98 per cent of requests for abortion authorised, with 99 per cent authorised on the grounds of mental health, the grounds used to provide abortion on demand. Right to Life sought justice for over 7 years for the unborn child in pursuing the ASC through the NZ courts up to the Supreme Court (2012) in seeking to hold Certifying Consultants accountable for the abortions they authorise. Ultimately the Supreme Court of NZ ruled against us.
- Certifying consultants authorise abortions after a brief interview with the woman. The second consultant frequently does not interview the woman and authorises the abortion after a brief telephone call from the first consultant.
- Studies conducted at the Epsom Day Clinic in Auckland and at the Hamilton Hospital reveal a considerable number of women are coerced by others to seek an abortion under the threat of violence to seek an abortion that the victimised mother has not chosen, most of these women have an abortion inflicted on them.
- We now have a state funded and sanctioned genocide against the unborn. Since the abortion laws were passed in 1977 more than 500,000 innocent and defenceless unborn children have been murdered in their mother’s womb. Parliament which has a duty to protect the lives of its most vulnerable citizens is shamefully indifferent and will be considering in 2018 the decriminalisation of abortion to make it no longer a crime to kill an unborn child and its killing a health service.
Right to Life warns the community that we must realise that David Seymour’s assurances of safeguards in his contentious bill are a charade. If we cannot protect the lives of vulnerable women and their precious unborn then it will be equally impossible to protect the lives of our most vulnerable members, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill. How long would it be before there is a strident call to declare that it is not a crime to kill an aged person, a disabled person or one who is seriously ill and to remove their killing from the Crimes Act and to make it a “health service?”
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