40 Days for Life is a very effective prayerful pro-life witness that began in 2004 in Texas. By 2012, 306 locations in ten different countries participated in the Fall campaign, saving 476 babies, and their mothers, from abortion. Australian cities are now taking part, there has been a“40 Days of Prayer and Fasting” campaign run out of Waikato, and many NZ Christians have provided prayer support during the overseas campaigns. In 2014, a 40 Days for Life campaign will take place in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. The event is of course still many months away but a lot of work will need to be done. The Catholic pro-life group, Family Life International, has already benefitted from a week of training on how to organise and run these events, taught by Australian pro-life worker Paul Hanrahan. Ideally, the witness should be 24-7, with the opportunity for different church communities to "sign up" for one hour time slots. To maintain a continual witness over the 40 day period will require the commitment of a large number of people and the participation of as many of the Christian Churches in these cities as possible. It is also important to have prayer back-up for those involved in witnessing near abortion places and to have trained counsellors and support available for those women who choose life for their babies. There will be specific roles for everyone who desires to stand up against abortion and advance the culture of life. Church communities are invited to prayerfully consider taking part in the next year’s 40 Days for Life in New Zealand. For more info or to register your interest, visit fli.org.nz or ph.09 629 4361.
Hon Joe Goodhew,
Minister of Women’s Affairs
Dear Ms Goodhew,
Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination against Women [CEDAW]
Right to Life is concerned that the New Zealand Family Planning Association continues to act in the belief that Article 12 of CEDAW includes a “human right” to abortion.
Article 12 states, “ Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care to ensure on a basis of equality of men and women access to health care service, including those related to family planning.”
New Zealand is a signatory to this Convention, having signed on 20 December 1984.
It is our understanding, that it was the intention of the General Assembly on 18 December 1979, in adopting this Convention, that it was the intention of member States to exclude abortion as a part of family planning.
Media Release 24th November 2013
The Tasmanian Upper House has declared war on the women of Tasmania by inflicting on them the most anti-woman abortion legislation on the planet.
Women are no longer safe from having their child in their womb killed during the whole nine months of their pregnancy. The law has now effectively declared that the State of Tasmania has no interest in protecting the life of her child as a future citizen or in protecting her health and welfare. Abortion has been taken out of the Crimes Act and is now treated as a health issue. It is no longer a crime to kill an unborn child. Abortion is provided on request up to 16 weeks gestation with no reason whatsoever required. After 16 weeks and up to birth, the unborn child may be killed, if two doctors believe that “continuing the pregnancy involves greater risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the woman than if the pregnancy was terminated.” There is now effectively abortion on demand up to birth, according to a legal expert.
Media Release October 24th 2013
The Canterbury District Health Board [CDHB] is correct in rejecting the proposal of Pharmac to allow pharmacists to dish out the so called emergency contraceptive pill [ECP], free to any women under the age of 25. The CDHB believe that the proposal “would not drop unplanned pregnancy rates.”
The Autonomous Subsidy and Provision of Pharmaceuticals (ASAP) is considered a high priority by Pharmac and will grant pharmacies the right to prescribe, dispense and claim back the price of ECP.
The CDHB are correct in their conclusion, that there is no demonstrable benefit. A pilot scheme commencing in 2008 was tried in the Waikato. There has been no evaluation of the outcome of this trial. The Auckland DHB announced that in 2010 after reviewing its 12 month pilot scheme, it would stop funding the program as there was no significant reduction in unplanned pregnancies and abortions. The ECP also does not prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
The failure of the ECP to reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions has been substantiated by 23 studies in 10 countries conducted between 1998 and 2006 that were reported in Obstetrics and Gynecology 109 .
It is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health that the ECPO also acts as an abortifacient by changing the lining of the uterus preventing the implantation of the human embryo. This is a chemical abortion that destroys a living human being. The ECP inflicts violence on a woman’s reproductive faculties. This is another weapon in the war against women. Why does the New Zealand Family Planning Association website deny this truth? Women have a right to know to give an informed consent before taking this lethal drug.
The taxpayer has a right to ask Pharmac where is their statistical evidence to demonstrate that the ASAP programme significantly reduces unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Why should the taxpayer be required to fund fornication and promiscuity? The most effective way of reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions is by teaching our children abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage.
The ECP has been classified as carcinogenic by the WHO and Right to Life questions why this drug is being made widely available to New Zealand women when this is a known fact. What will the long term consequences of this questionable practice going to be for the long term health of our women?
Right to Life,
Media Release 17th October 2013
Right to Life asks when is Parliament going to demand that the Abortion Supervisory hold certifying consultants accountable for the lawfulness of the abortions that they authorise. Dame Linda Holloway, the chairwoman of the committee, was quoted in a revealing statement in the Sunday Star Times on 13 October, that the Committee does not support any attempts to change the abortion law for fear that it might be more restrictive of the killing of the unborn.
Dame Holloway said that any move towards liberalisation would be a,
"difficult political argument and from a pro choice position it doesn’t really matter." and..
"The chances of changing the abortion laws in New Zealand at this time are sub-zero. At the moment we have assured successive ministers of justice that we can operate under the law as it is. “ and ..
"If we start opening the whole thing up to do new legislation my concern is that we might end up with something that is worse than what we have got. The chances of that are quite high." Dame Holloway said she would prefer to "soldier on". "If I thought we could get a perfect world I would be all for it."
Dame Holloway states that,” from a pro choice position it doesn’t really matter." Why does it not matter? Because, with the active support of the Committee we have had since 1978, seen the killing of the unborn on request, with every woman who seeks an abortion having one, sanctioned and funded by the state.
Dear Mrs Major
North & South – Complaint – The Value of Life
I wish to lodge a complaint against the magazine North & South in respect of the article titled ‘The Value of Life’, which was featured in the October edition. My complaint is that the article breaches the Press Council Statement of Principles 1 Accuracy, Fairness and Balance.
It is noted that in this article of nine pages, approximately one quarter to three quarters of one page in total, is dedicated to pro-life comment; the remainder is devoted to the promotion of abortion as a necessary health service. Approximately 20 persons were interviewed in this article but only three who defended life. The other 17 are supportive of the killing of unborn children. Twelve of these were abortion activists. The article features the stories of four women who had an abortion and who did not reveal any damage inflicted on their health. There are many women in our community who are suffering a lifetime of physical and terrible psychological damage, as a result of their child being killed in an abortion. Why were none of these women interviewed and given the opportunity of warning other women of the potential suffering, that results from abortion?
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the world yet we refuse to accept that abortion is the ultimate in child abuse. How can parliament pass legislation that makes it an offence to smack a child yet approves and funds as a core health service, the killing of the child before birth?
The Ombudsman, Professor Ron Patterson in a recent decision, has ruled that the Southern District Health Board [SDHB] had a statutory duty to consult with the community of Southland before seeking a licence to perform abortions at the Southland Hospital. The Ombudsman was responding to a complaint made by the pro-life group Southlanders for Life. Abortions have been performed at the Southland Hospital since 15 June 2012. The SDHB had unbeknown to the community, sought a abortion licence in the belief that it was an extension of an existing ‘service’ established in the Dunedin Hospital.
The Ombudsman said the SDHB had an obligation to consult under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, however, the Ombudsman conceded that it was now too late for the SDHB to consult with the community. Southlanders for Life were aware in making the complaint against the SDHB that the Board had a legal obligation to consult in terms of the Public Consultation Guidelines for District Health Boards issued by the Ministry of Health in December 2011, which states that:
“As a general rule , it is wise to consult where a decision has significant public consequences or a major impact on the community to which the decision relates .”
Right to Life believes that the decision of the Ombudsman has important implications for every community in New Zealand where the District Health Board has abortion facilities.
Right to Life is unaware of any Health Board consulting with its community before seeking an abortion licence.
5 October 2013
Right to Life – Submission
Right to Life respectfully presents this submission for your consideration. Right to Life submits that the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, [BORA] section 8 be amended to recognise the right to life of unborn children in New Zealand.
In support of our submission is the case that Right to Life presented to the Court of Appeal in Wellington in our appeal against the judgment of the High Court in the judicial review of the performance of the Abortion Supervisory Committee. This document was prepared by Dr Ian Bassett Llb, of Auckland.
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states that our human rights are inalienable and universal. Our right to life therefore may not be taken from us nor may we relinquish it. Our right to life is universal which means that every human being has these rights.
The Universal Declaration recognises that we are endowed with human rights. That statement is recognition that our rights are given to us by our Creator, they are not given to us by the state or by the community.
26 September 2013
Abortion Supervisory Committee,
Dear Ms Melkiau
End Discrimination against Disabled Children
The report from the Commissioners of the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability was released on 17 July 2013. In the accompanying press release, the Commission of Inquiry stated, “The UK government must review the Abortion Act and end the discrimination against unborn disabled children” The Commission goes on to say that: “The current legislation is out-dated, allowing abortion for disabled babies up to birth and is in urgent need of reform.” The Commission recommended that the ground of foetal abnormality be repealed.
Right to Life believes that it is abhorrent that the law allows discrimination against babies diagnosed as having a disability. This is eugenics which proposes that only the healthy have a right to life. Section 187A  [aa] states; “That there is substantial risk that if the child, if born, would be physically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped. This discriminatory law is the foundation for the national screening programme for Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and other disabilities. As Down Syndrome is a mild to moderate disability, what action has the Committee taken to ensure that abortions are not authorised on the ground of severe abnormality?
7 August 2013
Right to Life commends the thirty-eight ministers and their congregations, virtually all the denominations in Tauranga and surrounding areas who have united in protesting at the killing of innocent and defenceless unborn children at the Family Planning clinic in Tauranga. Family Planning commenced killing unborn children at its Tauranga clinic in April this year.
The thirty-eight ministers and their churches have made a public commitment to offer love and compassionate help to any woman facing an unwanted pregnancy. “Our promise is to do all within our power and resources, privately and confidentially and to call on the infinite love of Jesus Christ to overcome your difficulties and to bring a healthier solution for you– and life to your precious child.”