Media Release 18 February 2023
Why is the government funding and promoting the killing of our precious unborn children while doing nothing to promote their adoption?
There were 13,257 children killed in the womb in 2021 according to the latest statistics and only an estimated 20 non family adoptions, why is this? This is a human tragedy.
From the beginning of civilisation humankind has protected children by extending the loving hand of adoption and nurturing to its children in times of necessity. Why is this not happening today? In 2012 the Department of Social Development recorded a total of 21 non family adoptions in New Zealand. In the same year there were 14,745 children killed in the womb. In 1973 there were 2,000 children adopted by strangers and 2,393 unmarried mothers kept their babies. The percentage of ex nuptial births that resulted in non family adoptions fell from 41% in 1965 to 31 % in 1972. In 1968 there were 2,617 non family adoptions.
Each year in New Zealand there are more than 13,000 children murdered in their mother’s womb, each one of these children is a child that could be offered up for adoption. Adoption is a loving option with the mother choosing life for her child. Open adoption allows for the birth mother to continue having a continuing involvement in the child’s development. Do mothers considering abortion realize that families actually go on waiting lists to adopt newborn babies? Do they realize that some couples wait years to adopt the baby they’ve desperately waited to hold in their arms? Do mothers realize how many experienced parents with wisdom, resources, and plenty of love are reaching out to adopt another child that these children are not offered up for adoption is a human tragedy, a violation of human rights, an incalculable loss to the community and a victory for a culture of death.
Right to Life believes that the 2, 617 adoptions in 1968 are evidence that there are thousands of families in New Zealand that would long to adopt and are discouraged by the lack of babies that are available. Our culture has rejected adoption. Right to Life believes that there are several causes for this rejection of adoption, the availability of abortion on request, the increasing numbers of unmarried mothers keeping their children following the introduction of the DPB in 1973. The failure of many Pregnancy counsellors who counsel women considering an abortion, to be supportive of adoption.
Finally the failure of the government to promote adoption. The government willingly and purposely seeks to change the culture with expensive TV and advertising programmes to stop drinking and driving, to cease smoking and to discourage domestic violence.
Right to Life is disappointed that written submissions to the Minister of Social Welfare requesting advertising campaigns to promote adoption have been rejected.
Right to Life believes that one of the best things the community and the pro-life movement can do is to promote adoption. We cannot claim that every mother can adequately care for her baby alone, because that is simply not true.
We should stand behind any mother who desires to keep her child, but we should not demand this of all mothers. While the inability to care for a baby is no excuse to kill the child, we should work harder to portray an accurate picture of adoption for pregnant mothers, to save them from a lifetime of suffering, grief and sorrow.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.