Media Release 6th October 2020
According to Newshub Judith Collins claims that her support for decriminalising abortion and making euthanasia legal “are consistent with her Christian faith”. She has said that she is a “liberal Anglican and her views are her own.”
She is badly mistaken in believing that the violent killing of a defenceless and innocent child in the womb and the killing of the vulnerable with euthanasia are acceptable to the Christian faith. Right to Life believes that human life alone is sacred because it is created in the image and likeness of God. Abortion and euthanasia are intrinsically evil and must be vigorously opposed.
Abortion and euthanasia are prohibited by the fifth commandment of God, “Thou shalt not kill .” Acceptance of the commandments is imperative to our Christian faith. We cannot be truly Christian if we do not accept that God has commanded us not to take innocent life.
The beliefs of Judith Collins are not consistent with the teachings of the Anglican Church. A recent media release signed by the Anglican Bishops together with other church leaders in New Zealand declared that, they believe supporting the End of Life Choice Act is unethical and dangerous because it would allow medical personnel “to actively end someone’s life or to assist them to commit suicide.”
It is commendable that Judith Collins believes in God, is a Christian and tries to live according to her Christian faith. She was giving a good example by getting on her knees to pray to seek guidance in voting at the general election. New Zealand desperately needs parliamentarians who recognise that they have a duty to God to use the authority that has been given to them to legislate to protect the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death.
Abortion and euthanasia are intrinsically evil. Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
Right to Life encourages Judith Collins to recognise that her Anglican Christian faith requires her to uphold the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
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