Media Release 28 August 2021
Right to Life requests that the Prime Minister direct the Minister of Justice to urgently draft a bill to repeal section 159, of the Crimes Act and introduce legislation that will recognise the humanity of the unborn child from conception endowed with an inalienable right to life.
The Minister of Justice, Hon Chris Faafoi, in a response to Right to Life under the Official Information Act has advised that he does not have any scientific or other evidence which states that the unborn child does not become a human being until it is born.
The question presented to the Minister was:-
“What scientific or other evidence do you have to support section 159, Killing Unborn Child, in the Crimes Act 1961, which states that the unborn child does not become a human being until it is born”?
Medical science confirms that human life begins at conception and that up to birth there is no other stage of development at which the human child becomes a human being.
This fundamental truth was confirmed by the Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion in its report to Parliament in 1977.
The child has a mother and a father, it is a member of the human race. Every child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation deserving of our respect and protection. Today a great deal is known about the amazing life and development of the child in the womb.
Justice Forest Miller, in the High Court, Wellington in the case Right to Life v. the Abortion Supervisory Committee stated in his judgement of 8th June 2009 in respect to section 159 of the Crimes Act, Killing an unborn child:- “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”.
The Hon Andrew Little, as Minister of Justice, presented the Abortion Legislation bill to Parliament, designed by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern At its first reading he said,
”I accept on legal and moral grounds the established jurisprudence in New Zealand that human rights do not accrue until human life is possible, and that the widely accepted human rights that we all understand apply when they are capable of being exercised, which is to say I accept the “born alive” principle that guides our courts today”.
Since 1978 more than 540,000 unborn children have been killed before birth under the pretext that they were not human beings. This is equivalent to the population of Christchurch and Dunedin.
This is a violation of their human rights, violence against women and their precious unborn children.
Right to Life believes that because of the important admission of the Minister of Justice, this contentious anti-life Abortion Legislation Act has lost its legitimacy and should be urgently repealed. Abortion should be in the Crimes Act. The unborn child is a human being. It is the foundation of the law that it is always a crime to kill an innocent human being.
Right to Life