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Pre-born New Zealand babies need your voice

The Law Commission is seeking submissions from the public regarding the liberalisation of New Zealand abortion law.

In February, Andrew Little, Minister of Justice, requested that the Law Commission put all other projects aside in order to carry out its review on the abortion law.

According to its website, the Law Commission is an independent Crown Entity, which reviews New Zealand law and makes “recommendations for the reform and development of the law.”

Abortion law is to be treated as a “health issue” in the law, and this is the lens that the Law Commission will look at the current laws.

Acts, which govern the lawfulness and practicalities about abortion, are the Crimes Act, 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act, 1977.

A single clause, in the Care of Children Act, 2004, section 38, declares that a female child of any age can give consent to an abortion as if she were an adult.  This means that her parents or guardians do not need to be informed or their permission granted.

It is important to note that abortion is legal in New Zealand throughout all nine months of pregnancy when serious danger to the physical or mental health of the woman may occur.  They only difference being that after 20 weeks, this danger would be deemed to be permanent.

Prior to 20 weeks, in addition to the above, an abortion may be obtained if the pre-born child has disability, the woman herself has an intellectual disability, or if the pregnancy is a result of incest.  Sexual violation and the age of the woman, or girl, are not themselves reasons to obtain an abortion although they can be considered.

After 20 weeks abortion can lawfully occur to save the life of the mother.

Framing abortion as a health care issue focuses on a woman’s autonomy to make her own decisions, while completely disregarding the most important truth that she is carrying a human being that resides in her body but is not her body.

Pregnant mothers know that their role is to protect and nurture the little one growing within them.  Maternity care looks after the health of both mother and baby.  Incredible treatments are now available in-utero for pre-born infants who have medical conditions so that they can have the best start at life.

Why then is the dignity of the pre-born child and his or her right to life, to protection and health care removed because he or she is not wanted?

If the government were serious about wanting to treat abortion as a health issue they would acknowledge that abortion procedures poison and brutally destroy defencesless human beings and is therefore detrimental to their health.  They would work to eradicate its practice from the health profession.

True maternal health care attends to the needs of both mother and pre-born child and never seeks to destroy one for the sake of the other.

Make your submission to the Law Commission today and be a voice for pre-born babies in New Zealand.  The provision of your name or contact details is not required.  Submissions close at 5pm on 18 May 2018.

Online at: abortionlaw.lawcom.govt.nz

Email:  alr@lawcom.govt.nz

Written submissions to:
Abortion Law Reform Law Commission
PO Box 2590 Wellington 6140
DX SP 23534

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How Love Saves Lives

With just one day to go in this year’s Lenten 40 Days for Life vigil, the theme of the Washington DC March for Life held earlier this year keeps coming to the forefront of my mind.  The theme truly encompasses the motivation and aims of the pro-life movement and it accurately describes the 40 Days for Life efforts.  What was that theme?  Love Saves Lives.

Love for our pre-born brothers and sisters motivates us to decry the violence of abortion.

The same love sees us reach out to mothers who feel that the only solution to the difficulties they face is to terminate the life of the child in her womb.  We offer practical support and work through issues so that she might see she is not alone, and give her reasons to hope.

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Abortion a health issue Little tells Law Commission

Abortion law reform under the guise of a health issue is a high priority on the Government’s agenda with Andrew Little sending a letter today to the Law Commission.

The urgency is such that Mr Little has requested that existing projects be put aside so that the Law Commission can carry out its review and report back within eight months.

Little asks for advice on alternative approaches within the legal framework to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws treat abortion as a health issue.

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Abortion Supervisory Committee wrong to call abortion health care

Family Life International NZ Press Release 16 February 2018

The Abortion Supervisory Committee’s call for greater access to abortion as health care and specifically for the people in South Auckland is of serious concern.

“Healthcare is about providing the medical needs of patients,” says Michelle Kaufman, Director of Family Life International “Health care does not end the life of one for the convenience of the other.”

“Abortion is not health care it kills one person.”

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Respect for human life an absolute and basic principle

“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world.”  Saint Pope John Paul II called for this prayer in his great encyclical letter “Evangelium Vitae”.

The fulfilment of this request happens in a very special way during Lent, as people throughout the world gather outside abortion facilities in their local communities to pray for an end to abortion and to stand in witness to the grave crime that happens every day in our midst.

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A critical look at the End of Life Choice Bill

Although there have been several attempts to legalise euthanasia and/or assisted suicide through member’s bills over the years, it has been more than a decade since draft legislation was last debated in the House.

David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is the first to have passed the first reading and go to select committee.

The purpose of the End of Life Choice Bill

The purpose of the Bill, as explained in the General Policy Statement, is to give “people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.”

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Five pro-life and pro-family actions you can do today

Life and family in all its stages

It is a new year, we hold hopes, dreams and goals for ourselves, and for the causes we hold dear to us.

As a people of life, we know that the right to life is the first of all human rights and from which all other rights hang.  In addition, Pope Saint John Paul II reminded us that “the future of humanity passes by way of the family.”

Life, marriage and family are under attack like never before and each of us has a duty, very specific to our own talents and vocation, to defend, protect and serve life and family.  Here are five actions you can undertake today to kick start your efforts this year.

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Exposing the gender identity web of lies

A new hard-hitting video exposes the gender identity crisis, and explains how, in the name of tolerance, diversity and freedom, children and families are deliberately being targeted.

Produced by Family Life International NZ, the video, Family Planning’s Manufactured Gender Identity Crisis delves into the concept of identity and the direct and deliberate attack on sexual norms which entices people to give in to selfish whims and fantasies.

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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: A Saint For Our Times

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was a wife, mother and physician.  She lived her life believing wholeheartedly in Divine Providence and with a fervent desire to carry out God’s will even when that required great sacrifice.

As the family comes under attack in so many different ways, as the importance of self is elevated and the maternal instinct is squashed, Saint Gianna’s virtuous life is a reminder of the truth about the dignity of the human person and of marriage and family life.