Media Release 27 November 2022
What could be more hateful than to tell a pregnant woman, that her child is not a human being, does not have a right to life and that the government would be pleased to authorise and fund the violent killing of her child before it is born, as a health service?
Right to Life is opposed to the government’s proposal to introduce hate speech legislation. This would be an infringement of free speech and expression. Right to Life believes that it is incompatible with a free and open society. It could ultimately result in opposition to the killing of unborn children being classified as hate speech.
Recently the British Parliament amended the law to prohibit praying silently outside an abortion clinic with the penalty on conviction, six months in prison.
The government is committed to promoting abortion as health care and a reproductive choice for women. With the introduction of the extremist Abortion Legislation Act 2020, designed by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, it is no longer a crime to kill an unborn child as it does not become a human being until it is born. Right to Life believes that this constitutes government sponsored hate speech directed at the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family.
Right to Life believes that the government is most uncomfortable with those in our community who exercise their right of free speech to protest at the killing of defenceless and innocent unborn children sanctioned and funded by the government. We believe that the government would dearly love to silence these courageous defenders of life who protest that abortion is murder and war against women.
The Justice Minister, Kiritapu Allan, has announced that there will be an amendment to the Human Rights Act 1993, so that inciting hostility against religious belief will also be covered. The Minister states that it is her intention next year to submit her proposals to the Law Commission and seek their advice. The community should not forget how the Law Commission cowardly betrayed women and their unborn by meekly agreeing with the government to take abortion out of the Crimes Act and make the killing of the unborn a health service.
The government has given notice with its overwhelming support for the Safe Area legislation and its assault on free speech that the government is determined to control what we think and what we say. A nation of docile sheep invites government by wolves.
Enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to freedom of opinion and expression includes for everyone the “freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. This fundamental human right is protected by several international and regional human rights treaties.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.