Media Release 14 February 2020
Agnes Loheni, a member of the Select Committee opposed the passage of the Abortion Legislation Bill and has warned that, “this Bill if enacted will severely breach and irreparably damage the “sanctity of life” principle which has been the cornerstone of New Zealand’s common law. She called for a Royal Commission of enquiry to investigate into whether there is a need for changes to New Zealand’s abortion legislation. Right to Life fully supports this call for a Royal Commission.
Right to Life is concerned that the Special Abortion Legislation Select Committee in reporting to Parliament is in support for the passing of this draconian anti-life and anti-feminist Labour led government legislation which would decriminalise abortion making the killing of unborn children a ‘reproductive health choice. The Bill achieves the following outcomes-
- It denies the humanity of the unborn child.
- It denies the child’s inalienable God given right to life.
- It grants property rights to the mother over her child.
- It declares that it is no longer a crime to kill an unborn child.
- It grants the “right” of the mother to terminate the life of her child,
- It violates the conscience rights of doctors not to be involved in the killing of their unborn patients.
- It violates the right of free speech and assembly of those who seek to offer help to women seeking an abortion or to pray within 150 metres of a killing centre.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, must accept responsibility for this Bill as she is passionately committed to ’empowering’ women with the right to kill their children before they are born. It was she who directed the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, in February 2018, to proceed to seek advice from the Law Commission to advise how to remove the killing of the unborn from the Crimes Act and make it a health issue. The Minister was careful to instruct the Commission not to review the current legislation nor to review the findings of the Royal Commission which had accepted that the unborn child was a human being from conception and deserved respect and protection.
This Labour led government orchestrated from the start, the appointment of a staunch pro-abortion select committee. One that would support the killing of the unborn as a health service and one that has shamefully and faithfully followed the example of the Nazi regime that before it launched genocide against the Jews first legislated to deny the humanity of the Jews and then to deny their human rights.
The Select Committee has rejected the 25,776 written submissions, 91% of which were opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion.
The Committee has also rejected the petitions of 15,407 of Right to Life and the petition of 13,268 of Gina Sunderland opposing the decriminalisation of abortion.
The Committee has also rejected the findings of the poll conducted by Curia Marketing Services conducted in September 2019 which revealed that 65% of those polled believed that the unborn child was a human being before it was born. A total of 55% of those polled recognised that the unborn child was endowed with human rights before it was born.
The unborn child is the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family. Every child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation, it should be received with the dignity due to the human person.
Parliament will now have its second reading of this highly contentious and ill -conceived bill. Right to Life requests that Parliament maintain the protection of the Crimes Act for women and their precious unborn by defeating this bill at its second reading. Our future depends upon it.
Right to Life