Media Release 23rd May 2020
Right to Life is appalled that the Midwifery Council of New Zealand has now extended and gazetted its scope of practice to allow midwives, subject to education and training, to prescribe lethal drugs to kill unborn children in medical abortions and to violently dismember children in surgical abortions. This is a total violation of the ethics of the profession to protect mothers and their precious unborn.
The web site of the Midwifery Council proudly proclaims, ‘Health and safety of mothers and babies comes first” and “Guardians of professional standards”.
Our midwives enjoy a well-earned reputation as caring health professionals who since the beginning of the human race have enjoyed the love and respect of the community. What greater vocation is there than to have the privilege to care for expectant mothers and their precious and vulnerable unborn children. We the community have a duty to protect our midwives and their professional standards.
Every child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation that is endowed at conception with an inalienable right to life. It is an unspeakable outrage for the government to inflict on our respected midwives a direction that they have a responsibility to kill the unborn at the request of the mother. This surely is a violation of human rights and a crime against humanity.
Right to Life asks, ‘Prime Minister, why do you want midwives to become killers?’ The community should be aware that this assault on women and their unborn children is her responsibility as the architect of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020. It was Jacinda Ardern who worked closely with the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little to draft this infamous Bill.
Right to Life believes that requiring midwives to kill the unborn will destroy the profession. Why should a pregnant women trust a midwife who believes that killing their child before birth could be a treatment option?
There will be no place in the profession for those midwives who are not prepared to kill the innocent and defenceless unborn. The conscience provision in Section 46 of the earlier CS & A Act have now been repealed. Those who refuse to kill on the grounds of conscience will be compelled by law to refer the woman to a midwife who is prepared to kill.
Right to Life requests that the government take urgent action to repeal this anti-life and anti- women legislation. We also urge that midwives in New Zealand defend their profession, defend their ethics and defend women and the unborn by refusing to submit to the government’s demand that they stain their hands with the blood of the innocent. They should be confident of the active support of the community.
Right to Life