TV One’s Willie Jackson will be interviewing Right to Life spokesperson Ken Orr on the topic of Euthanasia on the Eye to Eye programme (Sunday 15th June at 11.30 am). The interview will include discussion with Leslie Martin (Dignity New Zealand) and Jack Jones (Voluntary Euthanasia Society). The interview is bound to contain heated debate and air many of the arguments surrounding this important and controversial topic. Ken Orr will present arguments as to why NZ should never legalise the killing of it’s citizens, regardless of the seemingly humanitarian arguments that we now hear being put forward.
The following cartoon appeared in the Christchurch Press this morning
We challenge the Press and the author of this cartoon on a number of fronts.
Firstly the message depicted in the cartoon relies on the tired old war-cry that the feminists have always dragged out to justify state sanctioned abortion. The Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion, prior to the introduction of the CS & A Act in 1977 found that, on average about one New Zealand woman per year died due to complications arising from back street abortions. The vast majority of these abortions were done by medical practitioners. Former prominent US abortionist Bernard Nathanson, now a Pro-Life worker, revealed in his book “Aborting America”, how he and his Pro-Abortion colleagues actively promoted lies masquerading as data by vastly over-exaggerating the number of US women who had died in back-street abortions. The aim being to influence public acceptance of the need for legal abortion in that country.
We ask if, given the facts presented above, this argument can be used to justify the death of nearly 380,000 unborn New Zealanders since 1977 and the terrible impact abortion has had on the lives of many of these women.
Here is the PDF link to Justice Miller’s legal preceedings document (you may need to right-click, download to view).
Right to Life welcomes the judgment of Justice Miller. This is an historic judgment and the most important development in the abortion laws in New Zealand during the previous 30 years. The implementation of this judgment by the Abortion Supervisory Committee should result in a substantial reduction in the number of abortions performed in New Zealand and bring the law back into line with the intentions of the Royal Commission and Parliament. The judgment should herald in a new era of care and protection of women and their unborn children.
Submission (Amended & Final Version) From Right to Life New Zealand Inc.
Re: Classification of The Peaceful Pill Handbook (New Revised International Version) by Dr Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart
Right to Life on 12 May 2008 sought leave to apply for a review of the classification of the controversial suicide handbook, The Peaceful Pill Handbook [New Revised International Edition] authored by Dr Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart. Leave was sought under section 47 [e] of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act (1993). The Office of Film and Literature Classification Office produced a decision on the 18th of March on the original edition of the book deeming it objectionable and declared it banned for sale or distribution within New Zealand.
12 May 2008
Mr Brendan Boyle,
The Secretary of Internal Affairs,
Department of Internal Affairs,
Dear Mr Boyle
Re “The Peaceful Pill” Classification
Right to Life New Zealand Inc seeks leave in terms of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, section 47[e], to apply to the Film and Literature Board of Review for a review of the classification of the amended version of the suicide book “The peaceful Pill”.
Right to Life New Zealand is disappointed that the book “The Peaceful Pill” has been approved with an R18 classification. It should have been banned as objectionable as the book deals extensively with suicide methods.
The book has no redeeming features; it is an enticement to commit suicide, a threat to the lives of the vulnerable in society and is injurious to the common good. The book unashamedly promotes a culture of death and is opposed to a culture of life by giving details on how to commit suicide and how to travel to Mexico to obtain the lethal prohibited class C drug Nembutal.
Right to Life New Zealand’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Christ The King Parish Centre at 90 Greers Road Burnside on Thursday 24th April 2008 at 7.30 pm
Judicial Review – Abortion Supervisory Committee
The hearing of the Judicial Review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee was heard in the High Court in
The proceedings for this review were filed in the High Court on 19th May 2005. On the 30th June the Crown filed an application to have our claim struck out as being unnecessary and vexatious. On October 11 Justice Wild struck out two of the six grounds filed in Right to Life’s statement of claim. Our amended statement of claim listed the following issues that we sought relief for:
Right to Life deplores the government’s opposition to Gordon Copeland’s abortion [Informed Consent] Bill being introduced into Parliament for debate.
Gordon Copeland, Independent MP is commended for seeking leave of the House in his general debate speech on the 9th April to have his important Bill introduced. Its introduction required leave of the House; it is disappointing that several Labour MPs objected.
The government’s opposition to this Bill is consistent with its position since assuming office. Since 1999 this Labour government has presided over the destruction of over 140,000 unborn New Zealanders. Last year the government paid certifying consultants over $5 million in fees for authorising nearly 18,000 abortions. The highest paid consultant received $223,800 in fees for authorising 1685 abortions, he declined only 7. (ie less than half of one percent).