Media Release 18 August 2018.
Right to Life commends Ginny Andersen MP, for her Private Members Bill, Holidays [Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage] Amendment Bill that recognises the grief of mothers who have lost a child through miscarriage. This important Bill is awaiting its first reading.
Right to Life encourages every MP to support the Bill at its first reading in order that it may be sent to a Select Committee, this will allow the community to make written submissions on the Bill for the consideration of the Committee.
Right to Life is disappointed that the Bill does not include women who have tragically lost a child through abortion. Every child lost before birth is a tragic loss and a cause of suffering and grief for the mother. It is imperative that government, Parliament and the community, recognises the immense and lifelong loss of these mothers.
Ginny Anderson claims that the loss of a child through abortion is controversial because it has been chosen by the mother. Right to Life challenges this assertion, this is a cruel deception perpetrated by advocates for abortion led by the Family Planning Association who claim that it is a women’s right to choose and that abortion is the most frequent procedure performed on women and is fourteen times safer than childbirth. They reluctantly concede that women may experience “relief, anger, regret, guilt, sadness but these feelings may come and go.” They do not admit that many women suffer a lifetime of guilt, regret and sadness at the loss of a precious child. American studies reveal that sixty per cent of women having an abortion are coerced by others, often the father of the child.
There is a tremendous sadness and loneliness in the cry, a woman’s right to choose. No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice-cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.
Right to Life recognises that it will be extremely difficult and politically incorrect for the government of Jacinda Ardern to support the inclusion of women who have suffered the loss of a child by abortion in this Bill. It would seriously undermine the determination of the Prime Minister and her government to change the law on abortion to make it a “reproductive choice for women” and to make the killing of the unborn child a health issue and not a crime.
The last thing the government wants to do is to admit that abortion not only kills innocent and defenceless unborn children but wounds and hurts vulnerable women. The inclusion of abortion in this Bill will recognise that women are frequently coerced and subject to violence to seek an abortion and are suffering the loss of their child. A woman’s choice for the killing of her unborn child is a cry for help.
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