Media Release 21 August 2022
Right to Life asks why are the churches that should recognise unborn children as unique and unrepeatable miracles of God’s loving creation and human beings endowed with human rights not speaking up in defence of the humanity of our precious unborn children?
Where are the statesmen in our Parliament who, following the example of William Wilberforce, will dedicate their lives to seeking legal recognition of the unborn child as a human being endowed with human rights?
The New Zealand government has made a commitment to prevent and eliminate all forms of modern slavery, yet inflicts slavery on its own unborn children, allowing for the violent killing of more than 13,000 unborn children who have been denied their humanity and reduced to the status of property.
Our humanity and human rights are bestowed on us by our Creator and not by Parliament or by the government. Right to Life asks The Prime Minister why her government accepts the legal fiction contained in the Crimes Act 1961, section 159, that the unborn child is not a human being with a right to life until it is born. If it is not a human being, it is a chattel and the property of the mother.
The government, to justify the killing of the unborn, has followed the example of the slave owners in the United States, that to justify slavery it was first necessary to deny the humanity and human rights of black people.
Prior to 2020, the killing of the unborn child was prohibited under the Crimes Act because the law recognised the unborn child as a human being endowed with human rights and its killing as a crime.
The government of Jacinda Ardern recognised that if they were going to give women the right to kill their unborn children, then it would be necessary to deny the humanity of the unborn child and remove them from the protection of the Crimes Act, it would then confer on unborn children the status of a chattel and the property of the mother.
The Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, stated when presenting the Abortion Legislation bill on 8th August 2019 that he rejected claims that abortion was a denial of human rights and was killing, and murder.
He stated “I reject those notions. I accept on legal and moral grounds the established jurisprudence in New Zealand that human rights do not accrue until human life is possible, and that the widely accepted human rights that we all understand apply when they are capable of being exercised, which is to say I accept the “born alive” principle that guides our courts today.” This is an absurd legal fiction and a violation of human rights.
Right to Life believes that it is appalling that the government, the ACT Party and the Greens give total support to modern slavery by inflicting the status of chattel on our unborn with the cruel denial of the humanity of the unborn child.
Right to Life N.Z. Inc.