Media Release Friday 8th November 2011
Right to Life is concerned that the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, at the instigation of the Prime Minister is a clear and present threat to the human rights of New Zealanders. Right to Life believes that it is the intention of the Prime Minister to ensure that there is no place in the medical profession for doctors who are not prepared to facilitate the killing of the unborn and to ban any person from offering support and help outside the killing centres to women wanting to choose life for their unborn baby.
The Minister who is a member of the Jacinda led Labour government which is committed to transparency and accountability is now seeking to distract the community from the violence of the killing centres by withholding vital information that the community are entitled to see.
The Abortion Bill provides for safe zones of 150 meters around abortion facilities, to restrict “protestors,” the penalty, a fine on conviction, of up to $10,000. Right to Life believes that this is a violation of the right of free speech and assembly. The Minister claims that he has correspondence confirming harassment by protestors. It is appalling that the Minister is creating public policy on evidence which is being withheld from public scrutiny. Right to Life requested under the Official Information Act copies of these alleged complaints. The Minister on 29 October refused to provide this information on the grounds that it would be a breach of privacy. Right to Life believes that the Minister could very easily release this information but withhold the names of the complainants and their contact details. Because of his refusal Right to Life has now laid a complaint with the Ombudsman.
It is noteworthy that the Law Commission received 3,419 submissions in its recent review of the abortion laws requested by the Minister at the direction of the Prime Minister. The Law Commission reported that they had insufficient evidence of harassment to conclude that reform is necessary.
Surely the Minister is aware of his glaring hypocrisy. On one hand there is no evidence of any person who has been associated with any Pro-life organisation being arrested and charged for threatening or violent behaviour. On the other real violence is being inllicted on unborn children as they are murdered and their mothers violated inside the killing centres which are the subject of lawful and peaceful assembley.
Citizens have an inalienable right to assemble outside killing centres to pray, to protest at the imposition of the death penalty on innocent unborn children, to be a guard of honour for those children being murdered and to offer compassion and help to women requesting assistance to choose life for their precious child. Parliament must protect the human rights of women, the unborn, doctors and nurses and the community, by defeating this anti-life bill at its second reading.
Right to Life