Media Release 2 April 2022
Right to Life makes no apology for speaking up for the voiceless. We will never accept that the killing of God’s precious infants is part of Maori culture or of any other culture, it is part of a culture of death and has no place in a culture of life.
Right to Life is concerned that the government is endeavouring to deceive Maori into believing that the killing of unborn children is an important part of Maori culture and that prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi there was no stigma or shame associated with abortion and that it was the right of Maori women to exercise autonomy over their bodies with the right to choose to kill their unborn child. Right to Life believes that the government is seeking to make lies acceptable and murder respectable.
This information is being given to abortion providers by the Ministry of Health in the document, New Zealand Aotearoa Abortion Clinical Guideline in appendix A, Abortion & Maori, to help them to encourage Maori to accept abortion as an important part of their culture.
The Ministry of Health states: ”After 1840, the colonising process put an end to the self-determining right of Maoori to control their reproductive health and initiate an abortion. As a consequence, whanau, hapu and iwi knowledges about initiating abortions were subjugated. Maori have been deprived of these knowledges for more than 200 years.”
“The Abortion Legislation Act 2020, in combination with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, provides whanau, hapu and iwi with the opportunity to revitalise their older knowledges and practices for abortion. The intention is for Maori, in the context of abortion, to enact their rangatiratanga or self-determining rights and mana motuhake or autonomy over their bodies and their reproductive health and wellbeing.”
The Ministry presumably regrets that with the Treaty of Waitangi and acceptance of rule by the Crown, abortion eventually became illegal. Protection for the right to life of unborn Maori was now afforded by the Crimes Act. The government is now shamefully apologising to Maori for the imposition Christianity, civilisation and respect for unborn life on them, allegedly in violation of their culture.
Missionaries taught that the killing of innocent unborn children was intrinsically evil and violated the Fifth commandment of our Creator, Thou shalt not kill. If the government believes that it is going to remove the shame and stigma of abortion they are wrong. There should be a total prohibition of the taking of the lives of innocent human beings.
In 2020 there were 13,246 abortions reported in New Zealand. The total of abortions on Maori women totalled 2,875.The government is committed to making abortion more accessible and acceptable to Maori.
Right to Life believes that it is shameful for the government to seek to seduce vulnerable Maori women into violating their conscience by killing their precious child in the womb under the pretext that it was accepted by their ancestors as part of their culture.
The government believes,” that the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, in combination with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, provides whanau, hapu and iwi with the opportunity to revitalise their older knowledges and practices for abortion.”
Right to Life requests the government to not promote the falsehood that the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, which permits abortion up to birth, will reinforce a pre-European Maori culture by encouraging more Maori babies to be murdered before they are born.
Right to Life is committed to being a voice for the voiceless and we will not be silenced in defence of wahine (Maori women) and their precious unborn.
Right to Life N.Z. Inc.