Media Release 8 January 2021
Right to Life believes that the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and her government are guilty of hate speech. Under the guise of promoting women’s rights, the government is guilty of promoting hate speech against vulnerable women and their precious unborn children.
There is no other group of human beings in New Zealand who are more subject to hate speech and violence than our own women when pregnant with a child in the womb. It was our own Prime Minister, who is a loving mother, declared in 2017 that it was not a crime to kill an unborn child and that killing the child was “a reproductive choice for women.” It was the Prime Minister who voted against every amendment to the abortion bill to provide protection for women and her child. She voted against pain relief for the baby being killed, palliative care for a child born alive in an abortion, sex selection abortions and retaining the 20 week limit for killing children with Down syndrome or other disability.
The Ardern government has actually enshrined hate speech in legislation. The anti–feminist and anti-life Abortion Legislation Act 2020 is the embodiment and epitome of hate speech in that discriminates and incites violence against vulnerable women and their defenceless unborn children.
What could be more hateful than to tell woman with child:-
That your child is not a human being until it is born.
That it does not have a right to life.
That it has no value and has no right to the protection of the State.
That you have a right to kill your child up to birth and that we will pay for it.
It is unbelievable that the government is committed to passing legislation that will restrict freedom of speech by making it a crime to express an opinion on important social issues. Right to Life believes that it is the government’s intention to classify as hate speech, opposition to the killing of the unborn, defence of the right to life, opposition to the killing of the vulnerable with assisted suicide and euthanasia and defence of marriage as being exclusively one man and one woman.
In New Zealand, Labour’s 2020 election manifesto stated that “Labour will extend legal protections for groups that experience hate speech, including for reasons of religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation, by ensuring that we prohibit speech that is likely to incite others to feel hostility or contempt towards these groups under the Human Rights Act 1993.”
There is no other group in New Zealand that is more subject to government orchestrated hate speech and violence than our own unborn children and their mothers. If the government is really serious about hate speech, it will repeal the hateful and destructive Abortion Legislation Act and replace it with legislation that expresses love for both mother and child by protecting the life of the child.
Right to Life