Right to Life believes that the community should be aware that there is a price to pay for defending human rights. Right to Life has recently forwarded the sum of $72,500.43 to the Crown Law office in full and final settlement of court costs awarded by the Supreme Court for previous hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
We find it difficult to understand that although no costs (or any other payment) was sought in the Waihopai case, where very much greater sums were in issue. The Crown at the bequest of the Abortion Supervisory Committee, has now decided to pursue costs. Right to Life believes this was a case in which there was significant public interest and it is clear from the Supreme Court’s judgment that our action brought needed clarity into the law. The message is that if you dare to seek justice for the unborn then be prepared to face the full force of the State.
It should not have been necessary for Right to Life, with the generous financial support of its members, to have to proceed to the Courts to plead for justice for our unborn with legal recognition of the unborn child as a human being endowed with an inalienable right to life. It was a great injustice to witness the learned Crown counsel, who should have been advocates for the unborn, eloquently make their case in the Courts that the unborn child was not a human being until it was born. This denial of rights is a legal fiction that has allowed the war on women and the murder of the unborn to continue unabated for decades. How long is our nation going to remain silent in the face of this monumental injustice? When is the government going to recognise the unborn as members of our community and provide legal protection for their right to life?