Media Release 24 February 2023
Right to Life is concerned at the killing of the unborn and the very high rate of complications that women in New Zealand are having to endure with medical abortions.
The government’s Decide telemedicine Abortion programme, contracted out to Family Planning and Magma Healthcare Ltd, leaders in the multi million dollar abortion industry, are a serious threat to the life and health of women. From 1 November 2022 they provided for lethal drugs to kill an unborn child to be posted or couriered to a woman’s home where she would take full responsibility for killing her child devoid of any medical supervision and help.
The Ministry of Health which presides over the abortion industry and abortion providers, continue to assert that the lethal drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol are “safe and effective”, in spite of the deaths of 28 women worldwide who lost their lives following a medical abortion since the introduction of the drugs in 2000. A medical abortion is never safe for the child who is cruelly killed by starvation in its first ten weeks of life.
The Abortion Services Annual Report for 2020, the latest available reveals that there were a total of 161 complications reported from the 13,257 abortions reported in 2020. There were 5,780 early medical abortions [EMA] resulting in 76 complications, a complication rate of 1.3%. Right to Life believes that these carefully contrived statistics conceal the full violence inflicted on women.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Health, for the purposes of the Annual Report, only records complications that arise prior to the discharge of the woman, any complications that arise after discharge are not included. Should the woman later suffer excessive haemorrhage, genital tract and pelvic infection or retained foetal remains of her child, they are not included. Women also endure severe pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and cramping.
Medical statistics compiled independently by the Ministry of Health of publicly funded hospital discharges and bed stays of women who have had a medical abortion reveal a different picture. These statistics include attendance at A & E Departments after a woman’s discharge.
In 2020, 169 women found it necessary after a medical abortion to attend A&E for a complication associated with their medical abortion, resulting in 55 bed days in hospital for women with complications from their abortion.
Right to Life will continue to campaign for the withdrawal of the dangerous Decide home abortion programme which kills the unborn and threatens the lives and health of women.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.