New Zealand desperately needs a statesman who is prepared to defend the right to life of our most vulnerable. Will Simon Bridges accept this challenge?
Right to Life is very disappointed that the leader of the National Party, Simon Bridges has withdrawn from his previously stated position of opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion and making the killing of the unborn ‘health care’.
On the 28th May Simon Bridges stated on TV1 News that he would be “loathe to take it out of the Crimes Act”, and that his personal position was, “that abortion should be rare, safe and legal”. On 28th October, he appears to have changed his mind, now saying that “women’s health must be the primary focus of any policy position”. When pushed by the Radio New Zealand interviewer as to why he had changed his views, he said that the Commission’s briefing would need to be looked at before giving any further comment. Right to Life asks, why the change in his personal position?
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern proposes to decriminalise abortion and remove women and the unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act. She proposes that the killing of an unborn child in an abortion, not be a crime but rather a reproductive health choice for women.
The National Party was founded in 1936 and has commendably and courageously defended and upheld the Crimes Act 1961, Section 182 Killing an Unborn Child and section 183, Procuring abortion by any means, which recognise:-
- That the unborn is a human being endowed with a right to life.
- That abortion is violence against women and the unborn.
- That the killing of an unborn child is a serious crime.
Why then is National now not prepared to maintain the high moral ground and continue of it’s defence of women and the unborn under the Crimes Act?
Jacinda Ardern and her government are opposed to these immutable truths. She is wrong in that the primary issue is not women’s health but legal protection for the right to life of New Zealanders in the first nine months of life. The issue of women’s health is a smoke screen used by the pro-abortion movement to hide the killing of the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. Pregnancy is not a disease or an illness and abortion, the killing of the child, is NOT health care. The unborn child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation. It does not pose a threat to its mother or to society. It comes endowed with talents to enrich our society and It longs to love and to be loved. Why do we see our children as the enemy to be destroyed? The normal life protecting conclusion for every pregnancy is birth, not the killing of the child.
Right to Life believes that the National Party has a duty to women, our unborn and to the nation to continue to defend women and the life of the unborn by bravely holding the high moral ground by adopting as a non-negotiable party policy continued recognition of the right to life of the unborn and protection for the health of the mother provided by the Crimes Act.
Right to Life