Media Release 6 March 2022
Vaccine Mandates Unlawful and Immoral
The law in New Zealand provides legal protection to everyone to exercise their informed conscience to refuse medical treatment. The government is violating our human rights by imposing a vaccine mandate on citizens with non- compliance being punished with loss of work and being excluded from society as second class citizens.
This legal protection is found in the New Zealand Bill of Rights 1990 Section11 – Right to refuse to undergo medical treatment.
Right to Life believes that the teaching of the Catholic Church upholds the supremacy of conscience. The Congregation of the Faith in a note dated 21 December 2020 on the morality of using some anti Covid-19 vaccines states:-
“At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.”
Our conscience has been given to us by our Creator as His voice to direct us to do good and to avoid evil. A person has a serious moral obligation to obey his or her conscience.
Right to Life believes that the church’s teaching is clear, that as a rule vaccination must be voluntary and based on an individual’s personal assessment in good conscience of the medical risks/benefits and morality of a particular vaccine. This is imperative.
Right to Life believes that the government has violated our human rights that are protected under the code of patient rights in the Health and Disability Act 1996:
The right to be treated with respect. We have not been treated with respect.
The right to freedom from discrimination, coercion, harassment, and exploitation.
We have been coerced and harassed to accept the Pfizer vaccine.
The right to make an informed choice and give informed consent.
We have been denied the right to give informed consent. We have not been advised that the long term potential complications of the Pfizer vaccine are not known and will not be known until the research is completed in 2023, nor have we been advised that the Pfizer vaccine is an experimental gene therapy medical treatment.
The government is seeking to establish a very dangerous precedent. If we accept that the government has a right to override our conscience and free consent on what medical treatments we should be subject to and what drugs we allow to be put into our bodies, then a future government may mandate that women with an unplanned pregnancy subject themselves to taking lethal drugs to kill the child in her womb.
Right to Life requests that the government immediately cease violating our human rights by coercion, intimidation and mandating vaccines to combat Covid-19.The government should also make a commitment to purchase only vaccines that are not only safe, effective and available but are also ethically produced and tested without the use of cell lines developed from the organs of babies killed in late term abortions.
Right to Life N.Z. Inc.