Abortion: Lives are at stake, we have to act

As a new decade begins, New Zealand awaits the report of the Abortion Legislation Bill.  Just a small number of politicians have been tasked with the responsibility of weighing the evidence presented.

Tabled for Friday 14 February, the Abortion Legislation Committee’s report will determine the next steps in the attempt to make access to abortion-on-demand, a matter of right.

Only time will determine if the Committee has heeded the words of those who pleaded with them to take into consideration the humanity of the unborn child, the brutal nature of abortion procedures and the grave impact the death of our innocents has on women, men, families and society as a whole.

Pre-born babies are dying every day because people are willing to participate

While we wait for the Committee’s verdict, pre-born babies are dying every day in hospitals and private “clinics” throughout New Zealand.  An horrific 36 lives every single day of the year.  Current legislation, as good intentioned as it is, and despite acknowledging that abortion takes the life of an unborn child, does not protect them from being torn apart or poisoned to death.

One would think such a practice would immediately repel people in our modern age.  Technology allows us to see the unborn child in the womb and to hear the heart beating.  The humanity of the unborn child is clearly evident.

Yet, the facts do not appear to convince everyone.

Just before Christmas, the Abortion Supervisory Committee released their annual report to Parliament.  In it, the members of the Committee proudly note the number of doctors willing to act as Certifying Consultants, determining who is eligible for the lethal procedure.   They state how “encouraged” they are by “the high uptake of new doctors interested in this field of work as there were concerns that many consultants were reaching retirement age.”

According to the report, currently 182 Certifying Consultants are appointed throughout the country, of which 61 are listed as operating surgeons (carry out abortions). 

It is important to note that in New Zealand, doctors are not required to be Certifying Consultants in order to perform abortions in licensed premises.

Between them, certifying consultants made a total of $3,965,112.24 through signing the death warrants for the most vulnerable among us.  That’s big money.

You can make a difference

There is much work to be done and none of us can remain silent.  Every day human lives are counting on each one of us to do our part.  The babies count on us first and foremost, because they cannot defend themselves.  However, there are also all those who are wounded by the tragedy of abortion which has now struck every family in some way or another.

Albert Einstein once said “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

We have to act, no matter what the cost.  Lives are at stake.

This Lent you are invited to join thousands of people throughout the world in praying for an end to abortion.

From Wednesday 26 February until Sunday 5 April, the 40 Days for Life vigil will once again be taking place outside abortion centres throughout the world.  In New Zealand there are three official 40 Days for Life vigils in each of the main cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

If you’ve seen UnPlanned the movie, then you have seen just how powerful the prayerful, peaceful presence of faith-filled people really is.

Involving prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach, 40 Days for Life is truly life-saving effort which is bringing about the end of abortion one heart at a time.

36 pre-born children die from abortion every single day in New Zealand.  Significantly, it takes 36 prayer volunteers to fill a 12-hour day at each vigil site.

Will you sacrifice just one hour and stand in vigil for one of those babies?

If you live outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, or are physically unable to participate, I ask that you spread the word and please join your prayers with those who can be there.  It is true that God hears our prayers where ever we are. 

More information about the New Zealand 40 Days for Life vigils, how you can participate, and links for signing up for vigil hours can be found at fli.org.nz/40daysforlife

Abortion is the greatest genocide of our time.  The numbers are heart-breaking.  But none of us are helpless in this fight for truth and justice.  All our efforts are needed, most especially our prayers and loving presence.  Babies live today because of your prayers and sacrifices.  Please prayerfully consider your involvement in this important effort to help save lives.

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