Right to Life applauds the producer of TV3’s 60 Minutes programme for providing a service to our community by producing an excellent investigative documentary on the antenatal national screening programme for Down syndrome. The national screening programme targets unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome, with around 75% of them being killed.
It is the opinion of this Society that the government is guilty of crimes against humanity under Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty of Rome, to which New Zealand is signatory to. Article 7 prohibits the persecution of any identifiable group of people within the civilian population. Article 6 prohibits the prevention of births within that group. People with Down syndrome are clearly protected under the Treaty of Rome as an identifiable group of people, as their genetic identity is the sole basis of genetic screening.
We request that the government immediately cease targeting unborn children with Down syndrome for selective abortion. If this is not forthcoming, Right to Life New Zealand together with a number of families who have a member with Down syndrome will lay a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague against the government of New Zealand for crimes against humanity and genocide, by imposing measures to prevent births of children with Down syndrome.