Media Release 10 Feb 2022
Right to Life is opposed to the government’s objective of eliminating the independent voice of the Children’s Commissioner who is a strong advocate for children on child poverty, abuse and children in care. The Commissioner has the right without invitation to report to the Prime Minister on these important issues.
The most dangerous place for a child today is not in a damp home but in its mother’s womb. Right to Life not only supports the retention of the Children’s Commissioner but believes that the Commissioner should also be an advocate for unborn children.
The government’s intention is to replace the independent Commissioner responsible to Parliament and delegate the duties of the Commissioner to a new government appointed Children & Young Peoples Commission, an independent Crown entity. (No prizes for guessing what ‘government appointed’ would mean).
The Children’s Commissioner has for thirty years been a strong advocate for our children in challenging government on child abuse, child poverty and children in care. These are issues that continue to impose suffering on our children.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. It is important for our children that we retain the Children’s Commissioner who has the statutory authority to approach the Prime Minister without invitation to be a strong advocate for our children faced with child poverty, child abuse and those in care.
The current Children’s Commissioner, Judge Francis Eivers, is opposed to eliminating the office of Children’s Commissioner believing that our children need an independent advocate.
Dr Russell Wills, previously Children’s Commisioner, 2011 -2016, agrees and believes that the Commisioner provides an independent check on the government which would be lost if the Commissioner’s role was incorporated into government.
The most dangerous place for a child today is in its mother’s womb. Every year more than 13,000 unborn children unique and unrepeatable miracles of God’s creation are taken to hospitals and clinics to be poisoned, sucked out of their mother’s wombs or violently dismembered in abortions up to birth, that are sanctioned and funded by the government.
How can the government claim to care about child abuse, child poverty and children in care when they refuse to recognise that child abuse commences in the womb and the greatest and most devastating poverty that can be inflicted on a defenceless and innocent child is to be cruelly deprived of its life before it is born.
Right to Life asks the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction when she and her government are going to respond to the terrified silent scream of our precious unborn, victims of appalling child abuse and child poverty, as they are deprived of their right to life. Their mothers often abandoned and coerced are the second victims of abortion. The government’s nine official measures for measuring the reduction of child poverty in New Zealand are meaningless and a distraction while it continues to allow the killing of nearly one in five children before they are born.
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