Media Release 23 August 2021
Right to Life requests that the Minister of Health, Andrew Little take urgent action to remedy a grave deficiency in the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, designed by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and draughted by him. The abortion law should be amended to require that two medical practitioners agree that it is “appropriate” to kill the child from 20 weeks gestation before birth.
It is now confirmed that killing unborn children in late term abortions after 20 weeks requires only the approval the abortionist. The approval of no other medical practitioner is required.
The Ministry of Health have advised Right to Life that in 2020 there were 120 abortions of children at 20 weeks to 39 weeks gestation. It is not known how many of these abortions were considered “inappropriate” and therefore unlawful by other medical practitioners.
Right to Life believes that it is always morally wrong to kill another innocent human being. Every unborn child is a child of God and endowed at conception with an inalienable right to life. It is never right to murder a child before it is born. This is violence against the child and its mother.
Right to Life has received a response to its Official Information Act from the Ministry of Health dated 17th August 2021.
The Abortion Legislation Act 2020, Section 11  [a] requires that a doctor who considers an abortion “appropriate” is required to consult at least one other health practitioner.
The Ministry advises that the doctor who considers it appropriate to kill the unborn child is not legally obliged to find another health practitioner who agrees to the killing of the child.
It is now clear that as long as the abortionist believes that the killing is appropriate there is nothing that the Ministry of Health, any other health practitioner, nor District Health Board or abortion provider can do to prevent the child being killed. This is an appalling injustice and a crime against humanity.
Under the previous abortion legislation in the Crimes Act 1961, Section 187, all abortions were required to be approved by two doctors who were required to sign and complete form ASC 3 providing information on which grounds they were authorising any abortion.
Under the new legislation, the abortionist is required to complete an Abortion Notification Advice. It requires no information on why the abortion is considered “appropriate” nor is the name of the doctor they consulted required, nor whether they agreed with the decision of the first doctor on killing of the child. Why is the Ministry of Health refusing to collect this important information?
Right to Life is appalled at the dire plight of late term unborn children.
Who will speak up in defence of these innocent and defenceless children who can be murdered by an abortionist, with nobody being empowered to stop them?
Neither the Ministry of Health, other doctors or the District Health Board or the abortion provider that employs them will speak up for the unborn child.
Right to Life