Media Release 21 April 2021
Right to Life commends the government for its concern for Maori health.
The government has announced the creation of the Maori Health Authority to focus on improving the health and lives of Maori.
Right to Life believes that the new Maori Health Authority will be used by the government to promote the killing of Maori children before birth under the guise that this is health care and in accordance with the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Today the greatest threat to the life and health of Maori is in their mother’s womb. Respect for Maori begins in the womb. If the government is serious about protecting the health of Maori it will institute a health strategy that recognises that the Maori unborn child is the weakest and most defenceless member of the family deserving of respect and protection.
How can the government claim to be concerned about Maori health when it refuses to recognise the right of the Maori unborn child to be born?
The leading cause of death for Maori is abortion. There were 3,001 Maori unborn children killed before birth in 2019. There were 16,788 Maori births in 2019 with the abortion rate being nearly one abortion for every five live births.
These deaths were preventable, since the government was elected in 2017, more than 9,000 unborn Maori children have been killed, authorised and funded by the government that is committed to “kindness”, as they were by previous National governments.
The government has appointed the Hon, Peeni Henare as the Associate Minister of Health [Maori Health] responsible for the Maori Health Authority.
Right to Life is disappointed that the Minister, who claims to be a Christian, believes in the “sanctity of life” but also believes that the unborn child is not a human being, and does not have a right to life until it is born, this is a legal fiction. He voted for the anti-life Abortion Legislation Act.
Right to Life is concerned that the Hon Dr. Ayesha Verrall, Associate Minister of Health, responsible for ensuring that the Ministry of Health seeks innovative ways to deliver abortion services especially to Maori, Pasifika and young people.
Right to Life believes that if the government were really concerned for Maori health they would be providing more support for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy to help them choose life for their precious child with parenting and adoption the loving option.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, in March, 2019 stated:-” One of our goals and aspirations as a government is to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.”
Right to Life asks the Prime Minister, How can New Zealand ever be the best place to be a child when you believe:-
That it is not a crime to kill an unborn child?
That killing a child in the womb is health care?
That the unborn can be killed up to birth effectively for any reason?
Right to Life