Media Release 20th May 2014
Why are our Children on Death Row ?
There are 10,000 children awaiting a death sentence in New Zealand.
There are more than 10,000 human embryos frozen in liquid nitrogen and in storage in six IVF clinic in New Zealand. By law they may be stored for up to 10 years. A third of the embryos are being stored for lesbian couples. In November thousands of embryos will have reached that deadline. The parents of these children must then decide to use them, donate them or have them destroyed.
In 2008, the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology [ACART}recommended to the government that approval be given for the so called “spare“ embryos frozen and stored in IVF Clinics, to be used for research. This research would entail the destruction of these embryonic human beings. In many countries including Australia and Britain this research is already legal. The Minister of Health, the Hon Tony Ryall, to his great credit, supported by intense lobbying from Right to Life and other pro-life organisations, rejected the recommendation of ACART.
Right to Life believes that should there be a change of government at the general election in September, that a Labour/ Green government would readily approve a further recommendation from ACART, for embryonic research on these tiny human beings. Researchers in New Zealand are anxious to get their hands on these precious embryos. At present researchers may use, with approval, embryonic stem cell lines from overseas. They may also use embryos that are considered unviable.