Media Release 30 October 2018
The Minister of Justice proposes allowing for the killing of children up to 22 weeks gestation for any reason at the request of the mother. This is an unprecedented assault on the Crimes Act and its defence of life and an attack on mothers and their unborn.
The Minister of Justice is the Minister responsible for the administration of the Crimes Act. He has a serious responsibility to explain to the community what evidence he and his government, have to justify the removal of abortion from this act.
The Minister is also giving a message to the disability community that he has no objection to the unborn with Down syndrome or other disability being killed before birth with the permission of his Labour led government. He is also giving approval for sex selection abortions that discriminate against female unborn. This discrimination was opposed by 94 % of women in a 2018 poll.
Right to Life challenges the Minister to answer these important questions?
· Why does he believe that it is not a crime to kill an unborn child in an abortion?
· Why does he believe that the unborn child is not a human being?
· Why does he believe that the child does not have a right to life from conception?
· Why does he believe that the state should withdraw its protection for the unborn child?
· Why does he believe that we can protect women’s health by killing their unborn children?
Why should we trust this Minister or his government to protect the lives of other vulnerable groups in our community such as the disabled, those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, when he is not prepared to protect the unborn?
The Minister of Justice has declared his support for the Law Commission’s option C. This option rejects any statutory test for the killing of a child up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. “After 22 weeks, the health practitioner who intends to terminate the life of the child would need to be satisfied that the abortion is appropriate in the circumstances, having regard to the woman’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.” Right to Life believes that these requirements will effectively provide abortion on demand up to birth.
The New Zealand Parliament in 1856 provided legal protection for women and the lives of unborn children from implantation to birth under the Crimes Act. It is a serious crime to kill an unborn child. The law recognised that the unborn child was a human being and that it had a right to life. It also recognised that the state had a serious duty to protect the lives of the unborn the most vulnerable and defenceless member of our human family.
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