Media Release 21 March 2023
Right to Life requests the Minister of Immigration, the Hon Michael Wood to reject the open letter from the Green Party to deny entry to New Zealand of Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull of the UK, who had been invited to New Zealand next week to address two meetings in defence of women’s human rights.
The government of Christopher Hipkins supports the false and dangerous definition of women. Women are those persons who are born as biological women and those biological men who choose to become women. The government supports the “rights” of men to invade women’s spaces, changing spaces, toilets and to participate in women’s sports. It also supports puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy for transgender children.
The government has a duty to protect our human rights and the right of free speech. Right to Life believes that it would be a serious violation of human rights should the government deny Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull entry to New Zealand on the grounds that her presence would pose a risk to public order or would likely be. Right to Life asks the government why would you wish to suppress women from speaking in defence of their human rights?
We have already seen attempts by those in authority to block those who hold views that are counter to the current zeitgeist.
The Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff said in 2021, in relation to a proposed talk by Canadian’s Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, that Auckland Council shouldn’t have to “provide a venue for hate speech”, in relation to his support for banning them from speaking in public regarding the topic of transgenderism.
This has not been the only case where woke activists have attacked the right to free speech. Later that same year in June a group called Speak Up for Women (SUFW) who advocate for the rights of women, were banned from booking a venue by the Dunedin City Council. Health and safety concerns were apparently behind this decision.
Right to Life commends New Conservative party for defending free speech and women’s rights by supporting the entry to New Zealand of Kelly-Jay Keen Minshull.
Right to Life defends women’s rights and is opposed to the war on women. Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right and it is disappointing that the Green Party should seek to silence and demonise a courageous English women’s rights activist Kelly-Jay Keen Minshull, from entering this country to give two public lectures.
She is the founder of the women’s rights group, “Standing for Women” and is a strong advocate for women. She is described by her opponents as a “transphobic radical”, that is she believes that biological men do not have a choice to become women and to invade women’s spaces in toilets, changing rooms or to participate in women’s sports. She also opposes the use of puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy for transgender children. Is this hate speech and is it likely to provoke violence? Women’s rights are human rights and should be defended by the whole community. Kelly-Jay is an outstanding woman who should be extended a warm welcome to New Zealand.
It is not inclusive to silence others. It is not progressive to deny women their voice , disagreement is not hate speech.
Now the woke are at it again, this time at a government level.
We either have free speech in this country or we don’t.
If we don’t then can we really call this country a democracy?
The call to ban Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull is apparently on health and safety grounds, and that her visit may cause violence.
Right to Life has to ask, what group is likely to cause violence when it comes to expressing traditional views about men and women?
We certainly do not believe the violence will come from those who express traditional views about what constitutes a man and a women. Have any speakers visiting New Zealand to support transgender views ever been banned from entering by the authorities? None!
Ricardo Menendez March MP, who is the Immigration spokesperson for the Green Party, describes himself as “a socialist transgressive queer.” It is concerning that the Greens who aspire to be in government at the next general election are opposed to free speech and women’s human rights.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.