Media Release 16 January 2021
Right to Life believes that the Christian churches should be at the forefront in our nation leading the campaign in support of Right to Life’s campaign to have Parliament pass the Status of Unborn Children bill. This bill gives recognition to the humanity of the unborn child from conception endowed by its Creator with a right to life.
Right to Life believes that outside every abortion facility in New Zealand there should be a sign that proclaims that,” this abortion clinic operates with the permission of the local churches.” They choose not to hear the silent scream of the unborn being poisoned, violently dismembered and sucked from their mother’s womb, nor do they hear the anguished cries of the wounded and distraught mothers, the second victim of abortion. It is now time for this permission to be withdrawn.
It is an appalling injustice and a crime against humanity that the law should deny the humanity and right to life of the unborn in order that it may be killed, in the words of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern as” a reproductive choice for women.”
We believe that many local churches:-
- Will refrain from criticising or opposing the violent killing of God’s precious infants, sanctioned and funded by the government.
- Will refrain from teaching that abortion is intrinsically evil and a violation of God’s fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
- Will refrain from encouraging the electorate not to vote for Members of Parliament and political parties that support the killing of the innocent unborn.
- Will refrain from teaching that human life begins at conception and is endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life.
- Will refrain from teaching that the abortion law is unjust in denying the humanity of the unborn child and its right to life until it is born.
Every child at conception is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation that deserves our respect and protection.
Justice Miller stated in his judgement in the High Court in Wellington in 2008, in the case of Right to Life N.Z v. the Abortion Supervisory Committee, that:-
“The rule according human rights only at birth is founded on convenience rather than medical or moral grounds,”
“A legal right to life would be incongruous in such a law, for it would treat the unborn child as a separate legal person, possessing a status fundamentally incompatible with induced abortion, far from modifying the born alive rule, the abortion law rests on it.”
Right to Life commends those Churches that do courageously defend the right to life of the unborn child and the health and welfare of the mother.
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