Media Release Sunday 24th March 2019
Justice Minister Andrew Little said in the NZ Herald on 3rd December 2018 that he agrees with a Law Commission proposal for doctors who are “conscientious objectors” to abortion to be made to directly refer a patient on to another doctor who they know will provide the service. Little has been quoted as saying it seemed to him to be “a reasonable suggestion and it could a breach of medical ethics not to refer on”.
Right to Life believes that behind such statements lies a much wider agenda and that it is the intention of the Labour led government to:-
- Drive out of the medical profession all doctors who uphold the inalienable right to life of every person.
- Drive out those doctors who refuse to perform or facilitate the killing of the unborn.
- require doctors to accept that the killing of an unborn child in an abortion is not a crime but “a reproductive health choice for women.”
Right to Life is concerned that Andrew Little appears to believe that a doctor’s conscience has little place in the delivery of modern medical care and that the law should override their conscience. The Justice Minister seems to think that abortion should be regarded as efficient and beneficial health care. It is not to far a stretch of the bow, to assume that he believes that doctors who will not refer on to a doctor they know will perform an abortion, then they should not be doctors.
The international abortion lobby with the support of politicians, want to drive doctors who are opposed to killing the unborn out of medicine. This campaign in New Zealand has the support of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians, the Midwives Association and the New Zealand Family Planning Association.
But do not doctors have a duty to protect the lives of their patients? The unborn child is a patient and is in fact the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family and one that deserves special protection. An abortion entails the violent killing of the child. How can this be a health service? It is simply unethical and abuse if doctors who are bound by their Hippocratic principles and humane conscience, are not permitted to exercise that conscience.
Legal protection for the right of doctors to refuse to participate in the killing of the unborn child is provided by the CS & A Act 1977, section 46, the HPCA Act 2003 section 174 and the NZBORA, section 13.
No law, no professional board, has the authority to compel any doctor to violate the principles of their vocation or mutilate their own conscience by collaborating in intentional killing.
Right to Life