Media Release 28 November 2021
Right to Life believes that the Minister of Justice the Hon. Chris Faafoi, is failing in his fundamental duty to promote effective legal protection for every human being in New Zealand from conception to natural death. He has acknowledged that he has no scientific evidence to support his contention that the unborn child does not become a human being with a right to life until it is born.
It is an unspeakable tragedy that the Minister, does not recognise that life begins at conception and that every child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation, made in His image and likeness and endowed at conception with an inalienable right to life.
Right to Life makes no apology for continuing to be a voice for women and our unborn. We are disappointed that the Minister continues to refuse to protect our unborn. He continues to uphold, without any evidence, the statement that he made in a letter to our Society on 24th September 2021, this is a violation of human rights and a crime against humanity.
“Abortion is a health issue, not a criminal issue. It is also an issue of the women’s autonomy agency and reproductive rights that everyone has the right to decide what they will do with their own body”.
These are dangerous and dehumanising lies that sustain the government’s war on women, their precious unborn and on the family. Medical science confirms that human life begins at conception and that up to birth there is no other stage of development at which the human child becomes a human being. Medical science is unanimous in upholding the belief that the child is a unique and separate human being with its own blood group temporarily residing in its mother’s womb and in control of the pregnancy.
The Minister of Justice, in a response of 23rd August 2021 to Right to Life under the Official Information Act, had advised that he does not have any scientific or other evidence which states that the unborn child does not become a human being until it is born.
Right to Life believes that the Minister does not believe the fiction which he is instructed to uphold in order to justify the killing of more than 13,000 innocent and defenceless unborn children in New Zealand each year, authorised and funded by this government.
Right to Life asked the Minister of Justice under the Official Information Act on 3rd October 2021:-
- Is it your policy to accept that section 159 upholds a legal fiction that is contrary to medical science?
- Is it your policy to accept that the unborn child until birth is not a human being?
The Minister responded on 22nd October, 2021, he advised that he was declining our request under section 18[g] of the Act on the grounds that,” the information requested is not held by me or by my office.”
Right to Life will continue to campaign for the urgent repeal of section 159 of the Crimes Act, it is untenable for the Minister to continue to defend section 159 which sustains the legal fiction that the unborn child is not a human being until it is born.
Right to Life N.Z. Inc.