The following video is one in a series of historical videos concerning abortion that were produced by Right to Life and orginally screened on primetime TVNZ . They are particularly relevant given the current government’s agenda to remove the protection that the Crimes Act still affords the unborn child. Please don’t be silent. Speak out now as it may be the last chance to retain the protection of the Crimes Act for our unborn given Jacinda Ardern’s personal agenda to make abortion a ‘health matter’.
Media Release July 27th 2019
Right to Life requests that the Labour led government conduct a binding referendum, the question being:- “Do you recognise the unborn child from implantation as being a human being endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life?” This is the justice issue of our era.
Right to Life requests that our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern as a woman and as a mother lead by example, to give legal recognition to the unborn child as a human being from implantation endowed with human rights, the foundation right being the right to life.
The Minister of Justice in a response of the 16th March to an Official Information Act request from Right to Life confirmed that the government supported the born alive law contained in Section 159 of the Crimes Act 1961, that an unborn child does not become a human being until it is born. The section states that the born alive law was “for the purposes of the Crimes Act”. It was never the intention of Parliament to deny the humanity of the unborn child. This whole section is a legal fiction intended to differentiate between homicide and the killing of an unborn child.
A poll conducted by AC Nielsen in 2004 on behalf of Right to Life found considerable support for recognising the humanity of the unborn child, The poll of 1000 persons found that 36% believed that the unborn child became a human being at conception, 14% at the time of implantation and 28 % at a point between implantation and birth. There were therefore a total of 78% who believed that the unborn child was a human being before birth. And a poll of a 1,000 persons conducted by Curia Market Research in April 2019 on behalf of Family First found 47 % believed that the human rights of the unborn child should be legally protected from about six weeks once a heartbeat can be detected. Instead of following it’s own agenda, why does the government not amend the law to reflect public opinion?
There are a small number of well organised persons, headed by Jacinda Ardern, that are resisting the legal recognition of the unborn child’s right to life. Leading the charge are the anti-feminist movement led by, the Family Planning Association, the Green Party, and the radical left of the Labour Party, all of whom are strident advocates for the killing of our innocent and defenceless unborn.
It is disappointing that our government has $2.2 million to conduct a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis, an issue that is a threat to the lives and health of New Zealanders. It is shameful that the government gives priority to legalising the smoking of cannabis but has no interest in promoting the right to life of our unborn. New Zealand cannot be considered a just society until the New Zealand bill of Rights protects the human rights of every New Zealander from conception to natural death.
We can not state more clearly that Jacinda Ardern is the prime driver for the decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand. The Prime Minister, does not recognise the humanity of the unborn child, nor its right to life. Right to Life believes that it is her belief that the child is the property of the mother. It is her wish that abortion be taken out of the Crimes Act and treated as a health issue. She believes that the killing of an unborn child should not be a crime, but a human right. She believes the killing of an unborn child should be treated as a “reproductive choice for women”.
This is astounding as the Prime Minister on the 19 January 2018 was jubilant in announcing that “she was pregnant with her first child”. She has felt her baby kick, she has heard its heart beat and watched in awe at scans showing the wondrous miracle of creation developing in her womb, truly a beautiful baby and a unique and unrepeatable miracle of creation endowed with a right to life. How then can she be in denial about the humanity of the unborn child and its right to life?
Right to Life
24th July 2019
Hon Andrew Little MP,
Minister of Justice,
I am very concerned about the health and welfare of women. I therefore wish to bring to your attention information concerning the encouragement of the unlawful importation of prescription drugs in contravention of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 and the Crimes Act 1961.
The prescription only drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol are used in New Zealand for chemical abortions. The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 requires that these drugs be only prescribed by “operating surgeons” following the authorisation of an abortion in accordance with the Crimes Act section 187A. These drugs are required to be administered only in facilities licenced for abortions.
It us unlawful for any person to import them into New Zealand across the border without authority. It is also unlawful to use these drugs to perform an unlawful abortion.
The Abortion Law Reform Association Inc has a web site that encourages persons to visit another site for the purpose of unlawfully importing these prohibited drugs. It minimises the risk of being discovered and makes no mention of the very real threat to the health and lives of women who use these drugs in their own home without medical supervision. For your information I have included the link to the ALRANZ site.
I would be grateful if you would kindly advise me what action you take in this important issue.
Right to Life.
23rd July 2019
Hon, Tracey Martin MP,
Minister for Children,
I am writing in defence of women and our precious unborn children. Today the most dangerous place for a child is in its mother’s womb. It is reported in the media that you are working with the Minister of Justice to have the government bill to decriminalise abortion reconciled with your Party’s policy.
You stated that it was your overriding principle to keep abortion “safe legal and rare.”
Abortion is never safe for the child who is violently dismembered in its mother’s womb, nor is it legal as the Abortion Supervisory Committee [ASC] has reported to Parliament that the law is not been interpreted as intended by Parliament. In 1988 the Committee reported that we had at “present an unwieldly system of authorising the termination of potentially normal pregnancies on pseudo-legal grounds.” Since 1978 more than 98 per cent of abortions are authorised on the grounds of mental health which the ASC advised in 1995 at the initial Select Committee hearing in Parliament was the grounds used by certifying consultants to “provide abortion on demand.” The ASC advise in its 2018 report that in 2017 there were 181 abortions for every 1,000 known pregnancies. With nearly one in five pregnancies ending with the killing of the child, abortion in New Zealand is not rare.
It is my contention that the fundamental issue is not abortion but the status of the unborn child. If Parliament denies the humanity of the unborn child and moves the child from the protection of the Crimes Act sections 182 and 183 and allows the killing of the child as a health service, we will be setting a very important precedent. A future Parliament could decide that those with dementia and Alzheimer’s are no longer human beings and may be killed as a health service.
The Minister of Justice is not serving the best interests of women and the unborn by ignoring the learned findings of the Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion which made the following conclusions in its report to Parliament in 1977:-
• “The unborn child as one of the weakest, the most vulnerable and most defenceless forms of humanity, should receive protection.”
• “From a biological point of view there is no argument as to when life begins. Evidence was given to us by eminent scientists from all over the world. None of them suggested that human life begins at any other time than at conception”
• “From implantation to birth, changes which take place in the unborn child are of a developmental nature only. There are no changes of a qualitative nature. The three events suggested as being of significance, namely quickening, viability and brain development are no more than stages in that development and are not indicative of any qualitative changes in the developing fetus which would make it non-human.”
• In rejecting the argument that some degree of development should be reached before the unborn child be accorded status the Commission said, “If some stage of physical or mental development has to be accepted as indicating whether or not human life is in being, so a stage may be reached at the other end of life where a person who has become senile or has lost consciousness may be disposed of.”
• The Commission rejected abortion at the request of the mother as it would then accord to the unborn child only that status which the individual woman herself chose to give it.
The State has a compelling interest and duty to protect the lives of its future citizens, it would be an intolerable injustice for the State to declare that it has no duty to protect the lives of New Zealanders in the first nine months of life. To deny the humanity of the unborn child is a serious threat to the right to life of every New Zealander.
In the interest of women and future generations I urge you to please use your influence to maintain the status of the unborn child as the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family deserving of our respect and with the continued protection of the Crimes Act.
Thank you for all that you are doing to promote the common good.
Right to Life
The National President of ALRANZ, Terry Bellamak (pictured), an American woman from Arizona in the United States, today issued a media release on behalf of ALRANZ. The Association has an estimated national membership of about 100 members. Some students at Victoria University were planning a march and demonstration at Parliament on Tuesday 23 July, demanding abortion law “reform.”
Right to Life considers it hypocritical of ALRANZ to be demanding law reform when they actively encourage women on their web site to break the law and to smuggle dangerous and prohibited drugs into the country unlawfully in order to have an illegal chemical abortion which threaten’s the life and health of women.
Right to Life agrees with Ms Bellamak when she says that “everyone deserves the freedom to decide for themselves whether and when to become a parent.” That freedom is exercised before engaging in sexual intercourse. After conception they are parents. Human life begins at conception and every unborn child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of creation that deserves to be treated with respect and protection.
From the moment of conception the mother of the child is a mother and she has the privilege and duty to protect her unborn child.
It is a cause for great sadness to see a group of young women demonstrating for the “right ” to kill their children.
Tara O’Sulivan, co-president of the Victoria University Feminist Organisation claims that “abortion laws in New Zealand are currently a disgrace” because they don’t allow people to decide their own fate. Ms O’Sullivan believes that she is defending the rights of women. Right to Life asks why she does not defend the rights of women in the womb who are being denied their right to life and the right to be born.
Tamatha Paul president of the Victoria University Women’s Association claims that the “New Zealand law does not respect the bodily autonomy of pregnant people.” She is confused there are no pregnant people, only women have a uterus and only women can be pregnant. It is important to respect the bodily autonomy of women, it is also equally important to respect the rights of the child who has its own body that is independent of the mother.
Since the passing of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act in 1977 (CS & A Act), there have been over 500,000 children violently killed in the womb. Nearly 250,000 of these children were female. The authentic feminist movement should be marching and demonstrating and demanding protection for these children many of whom would be attending University with you if they had been allowed to live.
Right to Life
23 July 2019.
Minister of Justice,
The Labour Party of Michael Joseph Savage has an admirable record of defending the weakest and most defenceless members of our community. I am writing to you in defence of the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family, our precious unborn who are victims of a relentless and violent genocide. Today the most dangerous place for a New Zealander is in the mother’s womb.
As the Minister of Justice you have the profound privilege and authority to extend justice to our precious unborn. I earnestly request that you give consideration to amending the Crimes Act to recognise that the unborn child from implantation is a human being endowed by its Creator with an inalienable right to life.
You have previously acknowledged that the Crimes Act section 159 states that an unborn child does not become a human being until it is born. This of course is a legal fiction that is accepted for the purposes of this Act to differentiate between homicide and the killing of an unborn child.
It is contended that it was never the intention of Parliament to deny that the unborn child was a human being and the bearer of human rights.
It is accepted by medical science that human life begins at conception. This is the moment when the ovum of the mother is fertilised by the sperm of the father. Today with ultra sound scans, the wonderful miracle of the development of the child in the womb is made visible Each child is indeed a wonderful unique miracle of God’s loving creation that deserves our respect and protection.
There is a scientific consensus that the human embryo is a genetically human, discrete and alive, organically single and individual, with a self-contained power to organise his or her own growth, multiplication and differentiation in a way that ordinarily leads to a human adult. The child has its own unique DNA, its own heart and blood supply and is in control of its pregnancy that is focused on birth.
I believe that there is considerable support in the community for my proposed law change. A poll conducted by AC Nielsen in 2004 on behalf of Right to Life found considerable support for recognising the humanity of the unborn child, The poll of 1000 persons found that 36% believed that the unborn child became a human being at conception, 14% at the time of implantation and 28 % at a point between implantation and birth. There were therefore a total of 78% who believed that the unborn child was a human being before birth. A poll of a 1,000 persons conducted by Curia Market Research in April, 2019 on behalf of Family First found 47 % believed that the human rights of the unborn child should be legally protected from about six weeks once a heartbeat can be detected.
The United Nations declaration of Human Rights 1948, Article 3 begins the articulation of the human values to be defended in terms of human rights. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.” It is contended that everyone includes children waiting to be born. Thus, the right to life is held to be both inviolable and inalienable. It is noteworthy that the order of the rights articulated – life first, then freedom [liberty], and then security of person. Unless the State can guarantee the right to life, then there are no meaningful rights to freedom or to security of person. The right to life is logically prior to considerations of the quality of the individual’s life.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the pre-eminent international treaty on children’s rights, leaves no room for ambiguity in its preamble. “The child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,” it states.
Other international treaties unequivocally reference the right to life of the unborn, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In this treaty, the death penalty is prohibited for pregnant women to “save the life of an innocent unborn child.”
In conclusion, I believe that adoption of my proposal would be pro –women and would enhance the dignity of women as the bearers of new life. As such it would have considerable support with women in New Zealand.
Thank you for all that you are doing to promote the common good.
Right to Life applauds the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern for her leadership in upholding the right of Parliament to make laws rather than abdicating that responsibility to the public in a referendum. The issues surrounding euthanasia and in particular the ill-conceived and life threatening End of Life Choice bill, (ELOCB), are still very poorly understood by a great many people.
The Prime Minister rightly disagrees with the Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, who is demanding that a binding referendum be held as a condition of continuing support from NZ First for this bill, which has the full support of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister was quoted in the NZ Herald as saying, “My view is that a referendum isn’t required to ensure that the voice of New Zealanders has been heard and to reflect the will of Parliament and the people they represent,” she said.
“I will be voting for the bill to continue as it stands.”
Right to Life urges Parliament to support the Prime Minister in opposing an amendment expected to be proposed by David Seymour, or Winston Peters to make the EOLCB subject to a binding referendum.
Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide, it is intrinsically evil, no referendum can legitimise that which is evil. The prohibition against taking the life of another human being is the foundation of the law and medicine. It is always wrong to kill another innocent human being. The approval of the community, even in a referendum, can never make murder acceptable. A referendum in this regard, is an attempt to seduce and implicate the whole community in the murder of the vulnerable. The most fundamental medical ethic of not killing or helping patients kill themselves must not be reduced to an opinion poll.
Right to Life is implacably opposed to a referendum because it is based on the false and dangerous premise that the community has a right to decide who shall be allowed to be killed. This presumption is a violation of the inalienable right to life of every member of the community.
A binding referendum that resulted in support for the Seymour bill would also impose an intolerable burden on the conscience of parliamentarians who are opposed to the murder of the vulnerable. It would be a serious dereliction of duty for Parliament to support a binding referendum. Parliament must not shamefully shirk its responsibility to protect the lives of the community by cowardly washing its hands and imposing that responsibility onto the community.
Right to Life earnestly requests that our parliamentarians vote to defeat any resolution seeking to impose a binding referendum that would implicate the whole community in the murder of vulnerable people.
Right to Life
Media Release Wednesday 26th June 2019
Right to Life is disappointed that Parliament has embraced a culture of death by passing the End of Life Choice bill [EOLCB] which if passed at its third reading will allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. This is a violation of the sanctity of life ethic and of the prohibition of the taking of the life of an innocent human being, the foundation of the law and of medicine, We change it our our peril.
This is a tragic moment and a day of shame in the history of our Parliament. This is the day Parliament in a conscience vote passed the EOLCB at its second reading by 70 votes to 50. Parliament has now decreed that there are some lives not worthy of life. It has placed in jeopardy the lives of our most vulnerable, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill. Right to Life congratulates those Members who bravely defended the God given right to life of every member of our community and voted against this bill.
Parliament in passing this bill has abandoned its commitment to upholding a culture of life and its sacred duty to legislate for the protection of the lives of every human being from conception to natural death and not to preside over our destruction. It is not the role of Parliament to decide who shall live and who may be killed.
Parliament in passing this bill has ignored the overwhelming rejection of euthanasia and this bill by 91.8 per cent of the 39,159 written submissions received by the Justice Select Committee. The bill was also rejected by 85 per cent of the 3,600 oral submissions heard by the Select Committee. The chairman of the Committee in reporting the bill back to Parliament advised that the Committee was unable to agree that the bill should be passed. The bill was strongly opposed by the New Zealand Medical Association, by disability groups and Aged Concern.
Right to Life now earnestly requests that Parliament defeats this bill at its third reading and ensures that every New Zealander has access to death with dignity through our world class palliative care. We must ensure that palliative care is fully funded and accessible. Parliament should also commit itself to implementing the government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy with the objective of reducing our appalling suicide rate.
Right to Life
Media Release Monday 24th June 2019
It will be a disaster if Parliament votes to pass the life threatening End of Life Choice bill at its second reading. This bill that has no place in our Parliament for many reasons.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has the duty to provide strong moral leadership. If this bill passes she will have to accept major responsibility for failing to provide such leadership.
Elder abuse is an epidemic in New Zealand and according to Age Concern, euthanasia will increase the incidence of elder abuse with the elderly being encouraged to believe that they are a burden on their family and on society. One in ten people over the age of 65 are subject to elder abuse. In 2018 there were 2,260 cases of abuse reported with one in ten being financial abuse. It is believed that three out of four cases are not reported. Barrister Grant Illingworth believes, “that there are a group of people who are really willing to do almost anything to get money.” In a media release on Stuff he has stated that there will be no way to determine if someone has been coerced into taking their own life or have a doctor kill them, if the EOLCB is passed into law.
Suicide, hurts families and communities. Our statistics are appalling. There were 668 suicides reported in New Zealand in 2017/18, 10% higher than the previous year and the highest ever recorded. However there were 23,423 suicide attempts over the same period or around 64 per per day. We have the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD. If this bill was passed, Parliament would effectively be making assisted suicide government funded health care, hence normalising suicide. Assisted suicide and euthanasia are not health care. Parliament have a duty to protect the vulnerable by defeating this contentious bill and to allow doctors to care for their patients and provide increased funding for our world class palliative care systems so that everyone has access to real death with dignity.
The American Medical Association, one of the most important organisations in the world representing doctors recently voted to reconfirm its opposition to doctor assisted suicide as being unethical. The NZ Medical Association, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine are officially opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide, as is Hospice NZ, the NZ Health Professionals Alliance and Palliative Care Nurses NZ. Why then is the government refusing to listen to those at the forefront of care for the dying.
Dr Tim Molloy President of the RNZCGP wrote in the College’s submission to the Justice Committee, “However, whether or not this Bill goes ahead, there are significant challenges that must be addressed. Fundamentally, New Zealanders need accessible, good quality palliative care. The Government should strengthen these services, so we can all experience a dignified, comfortable death.”
Right to Life supports the compassionate recommendations made by the College of General Practitioners:-
1. The Government improves and strengthens palliative care services for all New Zealanders.
2. The Government provides more financial support for families caring for a family member at the end of their life.
3. The Government invests in ensuring Maori have access to culturally appropriate palliative care.
Right to Life
The 2018 Abortion statistics have just been released. It is an indictment on us as a society, that we are still killing chldren by the thousands upon thousands.
In 2018 13,282 unborn New Zealand children were reported killed by abortion, three less than in 2017 and around 33 times the number killed in road accidents in 2018. Right to Life asks why at a time when the humanity of the unborn child is no longer in question, are we still mass killing the most defenceless human beings on our planet?
Women having repeat abortions in 2018 totalled 4,730, 3026 were killing their second child, 1,071 were killing their third, 393 were killng their fourth, 146 their fifth, 60 their sixth, 22 their seventh and 12 had killed eight or more of their children. Right to Life believes that these statistics are under reported. Studies conducted in the United States, reveal that repeat abortions are actually 50 per cent of the total abortions reported.
It is distressing that at time when our society is working hard to make violence and bullying of any kind totally unacceptable, our government intends to decriminalise abortion so that it would no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child and that the killing of the child would be “a reproductive choice for women.” The total and utter hypocrisy of this is the elephant in the room of New Zealand society.
The statistics disguise the reality that every child violently dismembered in the womb of the child’s mother is an unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation. Right to Life applauds those heroic women who rejected abortion and chose life for their precious infant. They deserve the generous support of the whole community. Right to Life also grieves with those women who were coerced into an abortion and often abandoned by the father of their child at the time of the woman’s greatest need. It is a cruel mockery and charade for society to pretend that it is “a woman’s right to choose.” So often it is a choice made by others. “Choosing” an abortion is a decision of despair and a cry for help.
The statistics are also an indictment on the media which have generally ignored the latest media release on abortion statistics made by Statistics NZ. It was Joseph Stalin who said the killing of one human being is a tragedy and the killing of tens of thousands just a statistic. Since 1977 more than 500,000 children have been violently killed in their mother’s wombs, a massive violation of human rights. Why is the media so coldly indifferent to the killing of New Zealand children in their first nine months of life?
Key Facts Abortion Statistics 2018
- The general abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years, down slightly from 13.7 per 1,000 in 2017.
- Women aged 20-24 and 25 -29 years had the highest abortion rates both 19 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20-24 years and 25-29 respectfully, down from 21 and 20 respectfully in 2017.
- 52 percent of all abortions were for women aged in their 20s.
- 38 per cent of all abortions were for women aged 30 years and over, compared with 27 per cent in 2008.
- Most abortions (64 percent) were a woman’s first abortion.
- 60 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy, up from 59 percent in 2017
- 19 percent of known pregnancies (live births, stillbirths, and abortions) ended in an abortion.
- 84 young women under the age of 16 years had an abortion in 2018, 62 alleged that they had notified their parents or guardian of their abortion, 22 did not.
- 12,901 abortions were authorised on the grounds of mental health, the grounds used by certifying consultants to provide abortion on demand. This is 98 percent of the total.
- There were 49 abortions authorised on the grounds of danger to life/ and or Physical Health.
Right to Life
Media Release June 17 2019
Right to Life asks, will the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern give moral leadership and protect the vulnerable in our community? Is she going to stand up for the vulnerable and vote against the life threatening End of Life Choice bill [EOLCB] at its second reading?
A yes vote by our parliamentarians at the second reading for the EOLCB would be an unprecedented challenge to the authority of God.
God is the author of life and we are the stewards of the life that He has lovingly entrusted to us. Parliament has usurped the authority of God by deceiving itself that it has the authority to decide who shall live and who shall die. The EOLCB will empower doctors to kill or assist in the suicide of patients.
All authority comes from God and He has delegated His authority to the State to legislate for the protection of the lives of every member of our community from conception to natural death and not to preside over our destruction.
This threat to the right to life of the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill is a threat to the lives of all and should be a cause of great concern for every person in our community.
It is important to understand the agenda of the euthanasia movement, a movement that has close association with eugenics which decrees that only the fit shall be allowed to live. The agenda is;
- That the State has authority to decide who shall live and who shall be killed.
- That doctors be empowered by the State to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.
- That doctors be required to disregard the Hippocratic Oath and the duty to do no harm. Doctors could be, as in Nazi Germany, required to pledge allegiance to the State by taking an oath, “to the health of the nation.’
- That doctors be required to disregard their conscience and become agents of the State in terminating the lives of their patients.
- To normalise suicide as rational and to require acceptance of its citizens that there is a duty to die when one becomes a burden on the State or on the family.
In a 2008 interview, Baroness Mary Warnock, a leading British moral philosopher, said that people suffering from dementia had a duty to commit suicide: “If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives, your family’s lives and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Services.”
In 2016 there were 62,827 patients in New Zealand with Alzheimers, costing $1.7 billion in care. By 2050 it is expected that there will be 170,000 patients needing care, costing an estimated $5 billion. These are among our most vulnerable citizens. All of whom would be potential victims of euthanasia.
We should learn from Nazi Germany and the T4 euthanasia programme that started in 1938 which resulted in the killing of an estimated 300,000 disabled and sick German children and adults. It culminated in the Holocaust and the murder of six million Jews. Will we learn from history and not make the same mistake?
It is imperative that Parliament uphold its duty to defend life by defeating the contentious EOLCB at its second reading.
Right to Life