Media Release Saturday 2nd September 2017
Right to Life is disappointed that justice has been denied for the unborn children unlawfully killed in their mother’s womb by abortionist “Dr N”. The High Court in May 2017 refused to lift the order for suppression of the abortionist’s name and the names of the patients concerned. On the 29th August 2014 Right to Life laid a complaint with the Police in Christchurch. The Crown Law Office on behalf of the Police made an appeal to the High Court for the lifting of the permanent name suppression that had been previously requested by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal [HPDT]. The Judge supported his decision stating that the HPDT and the Medical Council had the right and power to lay a complaint against the abortionist “Dr N”, with the Police, but declined to do so. Right to Life believes that it is a miscarriage of justice for the High Court to base this questionable judgment on what we belive is the following premise: That in view of the fact that the HPDT and the Medical Council failed in their duty to seek justice by laying a complaint with the Police, it is inappropriate for Right to Life to seek justice.
Right to Life in the absence of action by the Medical Council or the Abortion Supervisory Committee, had laid a complaint with the Police Department against a doctor for facilitating four unlawful abortions. The Medical Council advised Right to Life that it was “the Police who were responsible for initiating a Police enquiry”, The Council advised that, “any person may refer information in their possession to the Police if that person believes it is appropriate in the circumstances.” The Abortion Supervisory Committee advised that it was aware in May, 2013 of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Committee’s decision in respect of Dr N. The Committee advised that it was not intending to take steps to refer this matter to the Police. [Read more…]