Family First have just published a resource to inform about New Zealand Abortion Law and examine the issues around the Prime Minister Jancinda Ardern’s plans to decriminalise abortion and make it a health issue. There has been a lot of mis-information in the media lately about how the current laws on abortion make ‘criminals out of women’. This publication succinctly sets the record straight on this issue and also examines details relating to the current law and the proposed changes. Importantly the publication also details ommissions that the proposed changes completely fail to address. An excellent guide to inform and expose the real problems with where the government intends going on this vitally important issue.
Media Release 11 June 2019
How can the Government be serious about protecting the rights of the disabled when the Minister responsible, Carmel Sepuloni, is not prepared to stand up to protect the inalienable right to life of the disabled. A yes vote by her at the first reading of David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice’ bill, is in direct opposition to the wishes of the disability sector. Right to Life requests that the Hon Carmel Sepuloni resign as Minister of Disability Issues.
Right to Life also questions the sincerity of the Labour led government in its commitment to defending disabled rights. How can the government make a claim of commitment to the disabled, when in December 2018 a total of 37 Labour MPs and nine NZ First MPs voted to support David Seymours ‘End of Life Choice bill at its first reading? The provisions of this bill provide for any disabled person with any irreversible disability involving progressive decline in capability being eligible for assisted suicide or a lethal injection.
The government members in supporting this EOLCB are giving a very clear message to the disabled that they believe some disabled lives are not worth living and that they are prepared to empower doctors to give a disabled person a lethal injection or to assist them to commit suicide.
The minister was one of the 37 Labour MPs who supported the EOLCB at its first reading in December 2018. Right to Life has written to the Minister requesting that she vote against this bill at its second reading in June. She has not replied.
The Minister in a media release dated 7 June states that she is travelling to New York to represent New Zealand at the 12th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD] The Minister will be giving an address on “violence and abuses against disabled people”. Right to Life respectfully asks how can she give this address opposing violence and abuses against the disabled when she and her government members overwhelmingly support the disabled being given a lethal injection or being assisted in their suicide? Is this not violence and the ultimate abuse?
The Minister and her government are abandoning the most vulnerable members of our human family. There is not one major disability organisation in New Zealand that supports the End of Life Choice bill. All the written and oral submissions made to the Justice Select Committee on the EOLCB from organisations representing the disabled in our community were overwhelmingly opposed to the bill. Why therefore is the Minister ignoring them??
The Minister and the government should listen to the Disability Commissioner Paula Tesoriero who said In an interview with Stuff this month, “This Bill undermines the position of disabled and vulnerable members of our community and poses significant risks to them. The proposed safeguards in the Bill are deficient, both procedurally and substantively, for both terminal and non-terminal conditions.” Why is the Minister ignoring her?
The sponsor of the bill, desperate to gain support from Parliament, is prepared to have his bill amended to reject the inclusion of the disabled from being killed by their doctor. Overseas experience reveals that once such a bill is passed it would very quickly be extended to include the disabled. Are we prepared for them to become victims of euthanasia?
Right to Life believes that the government needs to send a strong signal to the disabled in our community by voting NO to this bill, which threatens their lives. The government needs to reaffirm to the disabled in our community that their lives matter and that they are valued members of our human family.
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Media Release 3 June 2019
Right to Life asks how can the government be serious about supporting its Suicide Prevention Strategy while at the same time the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and an overwhelming number of government MPs support government sanctioned and funded doctor assisted suicide?
A total of 668 people died by suicide in New Zealand in the 2018 year to June. Our statistics are appalling, we have the highest youth suicide rate in the 41 member OECD.
In December 2018 a total of 37 Labour MPs and nine NZ First MPs voted to support the End of Life Choice bill at its first reading. This Private Member’s bill of David Seymour seeks to legalise assisted suicide for those who have a serious terminal illness or irremediable disability. How can the Prime Minister say that she was weary of sending any message, “that there was a tolerance for suicide in New Zealand.”
Right to Life does commend the government for including in the budget for 2019 funding for suicide prevention; specifically $40m for Maori and Pasifika suicide prevention, more suicide prevention services in district health boards, bereavement counselling and a review of the Coroner’s data-sharing service. Free counselling for up to 2,500 people is to be provided (four sessions per person) for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The Ministry of Health is finalising a draft national suicide prevention strategy under urgency.
The government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 defines suicide as, “a death where evidence shows that the person deliberately brought about their own death”. In New Zealand a coronial ruling decides whether a death is classified as suicide. The strategy does not seek to define suicide as rational or irrational. All suicide is irrational.
The He Aranga report recommended that the government set a target for the Governments Suicide Prevention Strategy to reduce the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2030. The Minister of Health, the Hon Dr David Clark stated, “We’re not prepared to sign up to a suicide target because every life matters, and one death by suicide is one too many … this Government is committed to tackling our terrible record on suicide.”
The Prime Minister is commended for stating ,”We were very wary of sending any message, particularly to bereaved families, that there was a tolerance for suicide in New Zealand. Every single life matters and it’s important for us to send that message,” The government is going to set up an office of suicide prevention.
How though can the government on one hand say that they are going to invest $40 million on a Suicide Prevention Strategy to reduce suicide in New Zealand, while on the other hand invest in providing doctor assisted suicide. This would be the eventuality should the EOLCB, that will empower doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide, be passed?
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Media Release Thursday 30th May 2019
Alfred Ngaro MP is applauded for his integrity and courage in daring to say the unspeakable, that “abortion is a holocaust in our nation”. Right to Life encourages other MPs to confront this abomination and to speak up in defence of our nation’s voiceless unborn and their victimised and wounded mothers. Our women and their unborn deserve better than this abortion holocaust. Right to Life also applauds new National MP Paulo Garcia, for standing up for our unborn children in his inaugral speech in Parliament yesterday.
The dictionary declares that a holocaust is, a “huge slaughter or destruction of life”. If the violent dismembering and slaughter of more than 500,000 innocent and defenceless unborn children in New Zealand since 1978, is not a holocaust, then what is? The blood of those killed in this holocaust cries out to their Creator for justice.
It is a tragedy that the compelling objective of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is to make permanent the abortion holocaust by removing the unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act and to make the killing of the innocent child in the womb “a reproductive choice for women”. It would then be no longer a crime to kill the child in the womb but a health service and a human right for women for any reason, effectively up to birth. The child would in the words of Family Planning be, “the contents of the uterus and the products of conception”.
What compounds this holocaust is that it is authorised and funded by the state with the silent acquiescence of the community. Our Labour led government in its Wellbeing budget for 2019, has continued to make special provision to provide funding for this holocaust which is disguised as a core and essential health service with unlimited funding. The government has no difficulty in castigating District Health Boards for over spending in the provision of vital health services, but would never criticise them for money spent on funding this abortion holocaust.
This holocaust is destroying our nation. What future does a nation have that destroys its own children? The New Zealand abortion holocaust is part of the international abortion holocaust that destroys more than 56 million unborn children every year.
The Alabama State Senate in passing a bill recently to ban abortion and protect the lives of its children before birth, explicitly and rightly compares, in the text of the bill, abortion to the holocaust, executions carried out under Stalin, and the Khmer Rouge regime. In fact the abortion holocaust exceeds by greater than an order of magnitude all these combined.
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Family Planning have revealed their plans for the decriminalisation of abortion and the killing of the unborn in its latest media release made by Jackie Edmund their CEO. It is important that the community are aware of the anti-feminist and anti-family agenda of Family Planning.
Family Planning in the 1950s was in accord with the true feminist movement that saw abortion as murder of the unborn and part of the war on women. A Family Planning pamphlet at that time had a message similar to this one from American Planned Parenthood which read “Abortion kills life after it has begun… Abortion is dangerous to your life and health”… my how things have changed.
Right to Life readily acknowledges that Family Planning employs many good health professionals who sincerely believe that they are helping women. It is indeed sad that they do not recognise the intrinsic dignity of women as life bearers and the truth that if we care and love women we will love both them and their unborn child.
The infiltration and takeover of Family Planning by the pro-abortion movement was a great loss to the women of New Zealand.
Family Planning believes:
- That an unborn child is not a human being and does not become a human being until it is born. They warn that we should be careful not to humanise the unborn by calling it a baby or a child.
- Killing an unborn child should be a “reproductive health choice for women“, not be a crime and that abortion should be taken out of the Crimes Act.
- That we should have “a common sense, rational and medically informed conversation about abortion law reform”.
- That we should “put abortion care within a health framework, managed like any other health service which puts the women at the centre of the decision -making”.
Right to Life believes that Family Planning is not qualified to participate in “a common sense, rational and medically informed conversation about abortion law reform”. We say this because they refuse to recognise that the unborn child from conception is a human being endowed by its Creator with an inalienable right to life.
Family Planning refuses to acknowledge that abortion is violence against women and her unborn child. It refuses to acknowledge that abortion is not health care and that abortion is the only medical procedure that has the specific intention of killing an unborn child, a patient, and the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family.
Family Planning support Option A, proposed by the Law Commission. Under this option, there would be no statutory test that must be satisfied before an abortion could be performed. The decision whether to have an abortion would be made by the woman concerned in consultation with her health practitioner. This option would provide for abortion up to birth for any reason, as Jacki Edmund has said “any reason is a good reason for an abortion”. If adopted it would be the most radical abortion law in the world.
Right to Life continues to question the government as to why it continues to fund Family Planning, which is not only anti-feminist, anti-family but which is also actively undermining the morals of our children with its sex education programmes.
We must also continue to ask why the media provide an inordinate amount of coverage to Family Planning, as self- appointed spokeswomen for women when they do not represent their best interests. Family Planning is the major abortion referral agency in New Zealand and is probably responsible for more than 100,000 abortions since 1977. Right to Life believes that it is the intention of Family Planning to turn all of their clinics into abortion mills. We call on the government to stop making all of us complicit in the killing of our children through our funding Family Planning, by payment of income tax.
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Media Release 18th May 2019
Right to Life requests that Parliament votes a resounding no to the second reading of the End of Life Choice bill on Wednesday 22nd May. We encourage all those who are concerned about this dangerous bill to continue to contact their MP’s before they vote on Wednesday.
This bill is tilted “The End of Life Choice Bill” to blatantly mislead the pubic. Its intetion is to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. There is a stark contrast in the title, between Seymour’s Bill and the 2001 Dutch euthanasia bill. This bill was at least honestly and transparently named. It was titled,”The Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act”. There was no attempt to hide the hideous reality that euthanasia is about doctors inflicting death on their patients or assisting in their suicide.
While the Dutch were at least honest in their description we should learn from their experience of the terrible consequences of passing legislation which authorizes doctors to kill rather than care for their patients. Statistics relating to euthanasia deaths in The Netherlands in 2018 have been released, and are available on the Euthanasia Commission website.
According to the Dutch Euthanasia Commission there were just over 6100 people who were killed in euthanasia in The Netherlands last year, making it responsible for 1 in 25 deaths in the country.
146 People were killed in The Netherlands in 2018 because they were suffering dementia. Two of these were euthanised even though they were no longer able to communicate their request, with doctors deeming that a previous written request was sufficient to kill them.
67 People were killed because they were suffering from psychiatric disorders. Alarmingly, in only half of these cases was the reporting physician themselves a psychiatrist.
205 People – or more than one every two days – were euthanised because of an “accumulation of old age disorders.” These disorders include vision and hearing impairment, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis (described in the report as “wear and tear”, balance problems, and cognitive decline.
The Dutch government supports autonomy and the “right “of those over the age of 70 years of age, who believe that their life is complete, to be provided with doctor assisted suicide. A draft bill has been studied by government since 2016.
Suitable organ donors among those having their lives terminated are encouraged to donate their organs e.g. heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas. In order to retrieve organs in the best condition doctors are now advocating that the law be changed to allow organs to be retrieved from a patient while tranquilised but still alive. This would be done in a hospital operating theatre to ensure best quality organs. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association done on Belgium euthanasia statistics for 2015 revealed that 10% of patients being terminated could donate at least one organ. It would appear that while the patient’s life was considered of little value his organs were of value.
Parliament has a sacred duty to our Creator, the author of life and the community to legislate to protect the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. It is always a crime to kill another innocent human being. This dangerous anti-life bill that emanates from a culture of death is a threat to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill. Under the guise of compassion, death with dignity and autonomy the End of Life Choice bill seeks to entice our Parliament to legislate to allow doctors to choose who may be allowed to live and who shall die.
These are the potential future consequences if Parliament passed this dangerous EOLCB. This is not the New Zealand that we want for our children and grandchildren.
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Media Release Wednesday 15th May 2019
Right to Life is appalled that NZ First is deserting its support base by giving critical support to the ant-life and anti- feminist agenda of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little.
Andrew Little has been directed by the Prime Minister to present a government bill to take the killing of the unborn out of the Crimes Act and to make the killing health care and “a reproductive choice for women”. The support of Winston Peters and his caucus for this proposed bill is absolutely critical for without this support the Labour Party would not be able to proceed with the proposed anti -feminist and anti-life bill, it would have the ignominious fate that this bill deserves.
The stunning betrayal by NZ First of the women of New Zealand and our precious unborn is unparalleled in the history of New Zealand. It is a declaration:
- That the State has no duty to protect the lives of New Zealanders in their first nine months of life
- That the killing of an unborn child is not a crime
- that it is a woman’s right to choose to terminate the life of her child for any reason up to 22 weeks, effectively up to birth if a doctor thinks that it is appropriate
- That sex selection abortions should be legal.
At the 2017 general election NZ First received 186,706 party votes which was 7.2 % of the total party votes. In a Reid Research poll conducted in February 2019, NZ First received 2.9 % support from those polled. On current polling NZ First would be expected to have NO Members of Parliament elected at the 2020 general election.
A poll of a 1,000 respondents conducted by Curia Market Research on behalf of Family First in December 2017 revealed that 96% of NZ First voters were opposed to sex selection abortions. That 38% were opposed to abortions being performed after 15 weeks and a further 10 % were opposed to abortions being done at all. 73 % were opposed to abortions and wanted them reduced.
Right to Life now asks, how is Winston Peters going to convince the electorate that the killing of the unborn child is no longer a crime and is to be “a reproductive choice for women”? Why should the electorate trust Winston Peters to protect women and the unborn when he had stated publicly in 2014 that he was opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion and now in 2019 that he supports the decriminalisation of abortion?
It is still not too late. Right to Life earnestly requests that Winston Peters take the mantle of statesman and stand on the high moral ground by courageously reaffirming his opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion and withdrawing his support for the anti-life agenda of the Labour Party and the proposed evil bill to decriminalise abortion. This could be his finest hour when he becomes the defender of women and our precious unborn.
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Media Relase Anzac Day 25th April 2019
We must never forget the sacrifices that they made in order that future generations may live in freedom and enjoy our inalienable right to life. Throughout our nation there are monuments commemorating their sacrifice, which today we remember.
It is an illusion however that we are now living in peace and are free from war. Today we are engaged in another bloody war, not with a foreign aggressor but in a war against a new enemy, our own children. Why do we feel threatened by our own children in the womb, who are the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family? Pregnancy is not a disease, or an enemy, so again we must ask why has the womb become a battleground more violent than Gallipoli?
Since the passing of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act in 1977, there have been more than 500,000 children killed in the womb in New Zealand. The total number of New Zealanders killed in overseas conflicts, since the Boer War total 96,241. These children were deemed to be unwanted, of little worth and their existence a problem. They are unnamed, worthy only of being a number in our abortion statistics. No tombstone marks their last resting place. Their mortal remains deemed to be medical waste to be incinerated in the same callous manner as the disposal of the Jews after slaughter at Nazi extermination camps during the Second World War.
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Labour led government are now passionately committed to accelerating this war against our own children. She is at the helm of a move to change our laws. In effect this is nothing other than a deliberate and blatant ploy to decriminalse murder of our most vulnerable and to coerce women into believing that killing their unborn children is not only ‘healthcare’, but that to do so is their ‘right’.
The Prime Minister is further committed to leading us down a road which embraces death being a solution to our problems, by supporting and voting for the End of Life Choice bill. A pernicious bill that if passed, would threaten the right to life of the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill. It would empower doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide and confuse the vulnerable young by promoting suicide as a solution to life’s problems.
The war against women and the unborn has the full approval of this government and previous governments, who have ensured unlimited funding of the killing is designated a core health service. Its true horror has been disguised, by calling it an “essential medical service”, and a “reproductive choice for women”.
These children were not a threat to society; they came bringing gifts to enrich us all. All that they sought was to be allowed to love and to be loved. This internecine war is also one waged against women, who are its second victims. We should also mourn with all those fathers who have been unable to save their children from a violent death.
New Zealand will continue to grow in violence and never know true peace, nor can we claim to be a just society, while we continue making war against our own children and consider legislation that would allow the state to empower doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. The governments proposals are an affront to the sacrifices made by brave New Zealand men and women who gave their lives to defend and protect all New Zealanders from conception till natural death.
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Media Release 20 April 2019
The Minister of Justice, Andrew Little should be at the forefront in defending the right to life of every New Zealander from conception to natural death. Sadly he is not. Instead he is advocating not only for the killing of the defenceless unborn child as a “reproductive choice for women”, but also for the killing by doctors of the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill, through the End of Life Choice bill. He believes it’s all about ‘choice’.
Right to Life is disappointed that the Minister of Justice in a letter to our Society dated 11 April said, “the current framework around abortion is that it is a crime in the first instance. This attaches a heavy stigma to a woman who is considering an abortion …”
This stigma is a mark of disgrace that has been recognised by mankind since the beginning of time. This stigma is associated with the taking of innocent human life. It is recognised internationally by all cultures and races. There is nothing the Minister can do to remove this stigma from the state funded and authorised genocide of our defenceless unborn which has killed more than 500,00 children since 1977. This stigma was instituted by God in support of His Fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
To deny the stigma against taking innocent human life it is necessary to deny the humanity of the unborn child. Medical science tells us that human life begins at conception. Family Planning have warned against humanising the child in the womb and always uses language in describing the developing child, to achieve that goal.
It is the intention of the Labour led government to remove abortion from the Crimes Act and to make abortion a “reproductive choice for women.” The stigma is protective of women. The campaign to decriminalise abortion conducted by the government, is supported by the Family Planning Association.
The authors of previous genocides sought to remove the stigma associated with the murder of the innocent; the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, the Nazi genocide of the Jews, the genocide of the Cambodians by the Kymer Rouge and the Hutu genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. The government disguises the genocide by euphemistically calling it ‘health care’. To say that the government’s intention is to promote abortion as health care is akin to describing the gas chambers at Auschwitz as health spas.
The very foundational principle of our laws and medicine is the total prohibition on the taking of innocent human life. Abortion is the violent murder of an innocent child. Women instinctively want to protect the life of the child growing in their womb. The stigma resonnates with the conscience of women, which informs them that killing their child in the womb is always wrong.
The stigma is more intense for those women who have had an abortion especially those who have been coerced by the father of the child. Men who have fathered a child often threaten to abandon the mother or use violence against her, if she objects to having an abortion.
Those who seek to remove the stigma refuse to acknowledge that there are many women in our community who are suffering a lifetime of regret, grief and sorrow at the loss of their child in an abortion.
Right to Life requests the Minister recognise that the killing of the unborn child is a crime against humanity and should be left in the Crimes Act. The government should promote adoption as the loving option.
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