Minister of Justice cannot justify the murder of the innocent!
Media Release 16 October 2021
To justify the murder of more than 13,000 innocent and defenceless unborn children each year the government of Jacinda Ardern has to sustain the fiction that they are not human beings.
The Minister of Justice, Hon Kris Faafoi, advised Right to Life that he had no scientific or other evidence or it could not be found to support section 159 of the Crimes Act, which states that the unborn child does not become a human being until it is born.
This response was made by the Minister on 23rd August, 2021 in reply to an Official Information Act request made by Right to Life on 5th August, 2021.
Right to Life wrote again on 26th August, asking the Minister under the Official Information Act:-
• Is it your policy to recognise that the unborn child is a human being at conception, at implantation or some other point before birth, or at birth?
• Is it your policy to believe that the unborn child has a right to life?
• Is it your policy to believe that the Crimes Act should recognise the humanity of the unborn child and its right to life?
The Minister replied on 24th September, 2021 “As you are aware, the “born alive” principle sets the legal standard for when an unborn child is recognised as a human being and has a “right to life”. The established jurisprudence in New Zealand is 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”.
It is absolutely appalling that the Minister, who admits that he has no evidence to support the legal fiction that the unborn child is not a human being from the moment of conception, continues to seek justification for the murder of more than 13,000 unborn children each year on the grounds that they are not human.
This is a crime against humanity. Right to Life believes that the blood of the innocent is on his hands. How can the Minister claim that we have a just society when the government of Jacinda Ardern authorises and funds the murder of the innocent as a core health service?
Justice Miller, in the High Court Wellington in 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 of a 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”.
Right to Life is passionate in pledging to the community that we will not rest until this iniquitous legal fiction is repealed and replaced with legislation that recognises the unborn child as a human being from conception and endowed with an inalienable right to life.
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