Media Release 23 November 2022
The Supreme Court is concerned about the alleged discrimination against 16 year olds who are denied the right to vote for Parliament until they are 18, but is shamefully silent on the discrimination against the 13,257 unborn children who were violently killed in 2021 because they were not old enough to be recognised as human beings with a right to life.
The right to life is the foundation human right that is upheld by the Bill of Rights Act 1990, which reads:
Life and security of the person
Section 8, Right not to be deprived of life,
No one shall be deprived of life except on such grounds as are established by law and are consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.
Right to Life is disappointed that the Supreme Court has seen fit to deliver a decision to uphold a right of 16 year olds to vote at a general election. In 2011 the Supreme Court rejected a cross appeal from Right to Life in our judicial appeal against the Abortion Supervisory Committee. Our appeal on behalf of unborn children was to consider our case in support of the right to life of unborn children, upheld by the Bill of Rights, section 8, Right not to be deprived of life.
The Supreme Court’s decision of November 2022 recognises that the current voting age limit of 18 violates the Bill of Rights Act 1990, alleging that it is discriminatory on the basis of age.
There is an appalling injustice inflicted on unborn children who are discriminated on the basis of age. The discrimination is contained in section 159 of the Crimes Act which denies the humanity of the child and its right to life until it is born.
The Supreme Court would have been aware when they declined our appeal in 2011 that in 2010 a total of 16,630 unborn children were violently killed in New Zealand. Right to Life believes that the Supreme Court has deplorably failed to defend the right to life of the unborn, the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family. Their silence has been deafening!
Since the Supreme Court shamefully declined to hear our case in 2011 on behalf of our precious unborn, a total of 136,866 unborn children have been poisoned, sucked out of their mother’s wombs or have been violently dismembered.
Right to Life passionately believes that the Supreme Court should be defenders of justice and the protectors of the lives of our precious unborn, the weakest and most defenceless members of our human family. Right to Life longs for the day when we have a Supreme Court that is truly devoted to protecting the lives of New Zealanders from conception to natural death.
Right to Life New Zealand Inc.