The full Court of Appeal on Tuesday 12 May 2009, dismissed the appeal of the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) against several matters in the judgment of Justice Miller given in the High Court in June last year. The Court ruled that as the High Court had not made declaratory orders, the appeal was outside the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal. It was requested that an application now be made by Right to Life and the appellant, for a hearing in the High Court before Justice Miller at which arguments would be presented on the form of the declaratory orders. Right to Life’s counsel has consulted with the Crown counsel Ms Cheryl Gwyn who has agreed to make a joint application to the High Court for this hearing to take place at an early date. Both parties to this action are desirous of having the issue of declaratory orders resolved promptly. The original case that was heard at a two day hearing in April in the High Court will not be re-heard, the judgment made on that hearing by Justice Miller stands.
When World War II ended General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered thousands of films and photographs taken of the horror of the death camps. When asked why, he replied, “The day will come when some son of a #@%!# will say, this never happended.” That Holocaust claimed 6 million lives.
Today there is another holocaust that is taking place. This one is silent, under the radar. Yet in the last thirty years, this holocaust has taken more lives, worldwide, by well over an order of magnitude. It’s horror hidden by the protective machinery of government and media, and by the indifference of you and I and yes even by those who should be speaking out the loudest, most churches.
The Health Board is revoking a decision not to offer women seeking an abortion the chance to view their scans.
from Radio New Zealand Checkpoint on 07 May
Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health,
Re: Ultrasound Scans.
I wish to bring to your attention an important recent decision of the Health Commissioner, Ron Paterson, in the Commissioner’s response to our Society’s complaint against the Waikato District Health Board.
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Private Bag 32001,
Prayer support is earnestly sought for God’s blessing on Right to Life’s defence to the Crown’s appeal to the Court of Appeal in Wellington to be heard on the 12th and 13th of May 2009. The appeal concerns the June 2008 judgement of Justice Miller in the High Court on the Judicial Review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee.
Right to Life has cross appealed and is seeking to have the Court of Appeal overturn…
In it’s 2008 Report to Parliament the ASC failed to provide important data concerning abortions. Right to Life was concerned about this and has obtained this information and has sent it to all New Zealand MP’s. We believe it is important that the MP’s as well as the New Zealand public, have this information on NZ abortion. Our Society is disappointed that this information was withheld.
The Committee stated in their report that:
Letter sent to NZ Herald
Re March 30, the decision of the Auckland District Health Board to consider continuing with their scheme to provide free emergency contraceptive pills [ECP] to women is deplored. The scheme is morally bankrupt, it undermines our respect for human life, and the God given gift of our sexuality, it promotes promiscuity.
Right to Life New Zealand’s AGM will be held on Wed 8th April at 7.30 pm 2008 at the Christ the King Parish Hall on Greers Road, Burnside.
Dear Mr Ryall
Re; New Zealand Family Planning Association – Licence to Kill Unborn Children
Right to Life is opposed to Family Planning being granted a licence to terminate the lives of unborn children. On March 11, the Association announced in a media release that it was their intention to apply to the Abortion Supervisory Committee for a licence to perform chemical abortions at it 30 branches. The Association’s pursuit of a licence to kill unborn children is bad news for the unborn and bad news for women. The Association is promoting a culture of death.