Media Release 2 April 2018
The killing of the unborn is a crime, a justice issue and not a health issue. The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern in an undated letter obtained by Right to Life under the Official Information Act has directed the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little to refer the abortion laws to the Law Commission, “to make changes to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue that is a reproductive choice for women, rather than as a criminal issue.” A letter to the Law Commission from Little directing the Commision in this regard is also shown in the above link.
Never before in the history of New Zealand has a Prime Minister instructed a Minister of Justice to take steps to withdraw the protection of the law and the Crimes Act from New Zealanders in their first nine months of life in the womb. Under the Prime Ministership of Jacinda Ardern the most dangerous place for a New Zealander today is increasingly the mother’s womb. The proposal of the Prime Minister is a statement to women that your child has no rights, is of no value and that the state has no interest in protecting you or your child from the violence of abortion. It is your right to kill your child if you choose.
In a response to a recent Official Information Act request from Right to Life, the Prime Minster disclosed that she had no evidence to support her claims that abortion criminalised women and that the killing of the unborn child was not a crime and was a health issue.
This proposal will effectively mean that those unborn who are classified as unwanted will be deprived of the protection of the Crimes Act and allowed to be killed. However the unborn children who are classified as wanted will retain the protection of the Crimes Act and of the state. This is an abhorrent and unprecedented situation and a violation of human rights, it is discrimination against the most vulnerable members of our human family! If today the Prime Minister can remove the protection of the law from the unborn, what assurance have we got that tomorrow she will not seek to remove the protection of the law from other vulnerable groups in the community,e.g. the aged, the disabled and those seriously ill or with dementia and Alzheimers. [Read more…]