New Poll is Simplistic and Biased in Favour of Euthanasia

Right to Life is disappointed at the deceptive and biased national poll conducted in March by Research New Zealand. The poll is a disservice to the whole community especially the disabled, the aged and those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s This poll does not contribute to an informed debate on whether Parliament  should change the law on homicide to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

The following questions were asked in the poll:

1. Suppose a person has a painful incurable disease. Do you think  that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life if the patient requests it?

2. Still thinking of that person with a painful incurable disease, do you think that someone else, like a close relative, should be allowed by law to help end the patient’s life, if the patient requests it?

The questionnaire fails to recognise a number of dangerous provisions in the contentious, End of Life Choice Euthanasia Bill. which although currently withdrawn from the ballot still remains in contention.  Firstly this bill drafted by Labour MP,  Maryan Street, provides for any person who is disabled or who has a condition that in the patient’s view results in a quality of life that is unacceptable to the patient, may request to be killed by their doctor. That means that any person who has a disability or has a condition like depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s, may request that a doctor give them a lethal injection. It means that even teenagers who are experiencing ongoing severe depression may be eligible for being euthanased by a doctor.

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The Assault on Medical Ethics- Demise of Doctors who Respect Right to Life

It is time to rise from our slumber. There is an international war being waged on the conscience of the medical profession.

The culture of death that imposes abortion and euthanasia on a society demands that doctors are submissive and complicit in depriving their patients of life. There is absolutely no place for doctors with a conscience in this new culture particularly for those who respect the sanctity of life of every human being from conception to natural death.

Our conscience is our most precious possession. It has been conferred on us by our Creator to guide us on our journey, to help us to choose good and to avoid evil.

The End of Life Choice bill currently out of the ballot awaiting its return by Labour, Section 26, of the bill requires that if a doctor is not prepared to be involved with killing his patient he/she has a legal duty to refer the patient to a doctor who will facilitate the killing. Doctors who refuse to comply could be struck off the register and denied the right to practice medicine.

The Green Party are drafting a Private Members bill to decriminalise abortion. Right to Life has been advised that doctors will be required to authorise an abortion, or refer the woman to a doctor who will. This is an assault on the conscience of doctors who respect life.

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Right to Life Challenges Abortion Supervisory Committee in High Court

Family Plannings Tauranga Clinic where Medical Abortions take the lives of Unborn Children

Right to Life is seeking a Declaratory Judgement on the lawfulness of an abortion licence, first issued in 2013, by the Abortion Supervisory Committee to the New Zealand Family Planning Association [FPA]. The licence was  issued for its Tauranga clinic. The Registrar of the High Court in Wellington has advised that the hearing will take  place in Wellington on 2 June 2015.

The Crown Law Office will represent the respondent in the High Court and the FPA will be represented by its solicitor.

The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act was enacted in 1977 and provided only for surgical abortions. At that time there were no medical abortions. The Act specifies that a licence may be issued for surgical abortions if, “there are in the institution, adequate surgical and other facilities and adequate and competent staff for the performance of safe abortions.”

Right to Life is totally committed to helping to keep our communities safe by vigorously opposing the plans of Family Planning to convert its 30 clinics nationwide into killing centres for innocent and defenceless unborn children. Abortion is violence against women and their precious unborn, it is part of the war against women.

The FPA performs only medical abortions at its Tauranga clinic. The Act does not provide for the issuing of licences for institutions where only medical abortions are performed.  Right to Life contends that Family Planning’s Tauranga clinic  licence is unlawful. The FPA provides for the  killing of unborn children in the first nine weeks of life by medical abortions using the lethal murder pill, Mifepristone, RU 486. The drug acts by killing the tiny child by starvation.

This is an important issue, In 2011 the FPA announced that it was its intention to seek an abortion licence for each of its 30 clinics in New Zealand. Right to Life believes that the FPA has delayed seeking further abortion licences until the High Court  has made its Declaratory Judgement.

Ken Orr


Right to Life.

Law Commission Must Not Be Asked to Promote Homicide

euthanasia8 Right to Life is opposed to the recommendation of Green Member of Parliament, Keith Hague MP, that the government instruct the Law Commission to lead a public consultation on euthanasia. Sir Grant Hammond, President of the Law Commission, in February told the Justice and Electoral Parliamentary Select Committee, that the Commission “was stretched to the limit” with its work load.

Euthanasia is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. Both murder and assisting in suicide are serious crimes. They are, in the Crimes Act to protect the vulnerable in society.

The role of the Law Commission, established in 1986, is to promote the systematic review of the law, its reform and the development of the law in New Zealand. The great American statesman, Benjamin Franklin said that the first and only duty of government is to legislate for the protection of human life and not to preside over the destruction of mankind. Human life remains the most precious shared value of New Zealanders –the right to life and the right to protect life. Life is a sacred trust from the Creator. This principle is enshrined in New Zealand law since the founding of our nation in 1840. It is reaffirmed in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.

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Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

EWTN News The following article  from the Heritage Foundation website concisely details the dangers inherent in Physician Assisted Suicide. The abstract of the article is presented below the video. The article is by Ryan T. Anderson.

Allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake for four reasons. First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence. We should respond to suffering with true compassion and solidarity. Doctors should help their patients to die a dignified death of natural causes, not assist in killing. Physicians are always to care, never to kill.

High Court Action Threatens lives of Vulnerable

Right to Life is disappointed that Lecretia Seales is to seek the High Court’s permission to have her doctor assist in her suicide, self murder, or provide her with a lethal injection.

Right to Life is moved with compassion for Lecretia who is tragically enduring an inoperable brain tumour and is understandably fearful of experiencing a painful death. We are blessed in New Zealand with having excellent hospices that provide world class palliative care with pain control and a dignified death. There is no need to kill the patient to control pain.

Lecretia claims that it is her right to choose to kill herself and that it is a human right.

This claim is challenged, there is no human right to choose to kill oneself. Since the beginning of civilisation it has been held that we do not have a right to kill ourselves or seek assistance in suicide.There is no such right recognised by the United Nations in any Convention.

Life is a precious gift given to us by our Creator a gift that must be guarded and protected. A gift over which we have stewardship but not dominion. Assisted suicide and doctors being permitted to kill their patients, violates justice and gives grave offence to our Creator.

At conception every human being is endowed with an inalienable right to life, it may not be taken from us, nor may we give it up.

Should the High Court consent to hear Lecretia’s petition, she will be placing in jeopardy the right to life of the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill who do not want to be deprived of their lives. May the anticipated High Court hearing be a further impetus to our nation to ensure that every person has access to loving  quality palliative care with pain control and death with dignity. There is no dignity in being killed by your doctor.

In the event of the High Court consenting to hear Lecretia’s unwise petition, Right to Life will consider seeking the High Court’s permission to make a submission in the defence of the vulnerable in our community, respectfully opposing her petition.

Ken Orr


Right to Life.

Why I stand and pray for an end to abortion Following article is by MIchelle Kaufman and is from her A Culture of Life Blog (March 22nd 2015)

As I arrived at AMAC (the Auckland Medical Aid Centre – an abortion facility) this afternoon to pray for an end to abortion, for all those involved and most especially for the mothers and babies, I was greeted by a beautiful sight.

A young mother was standing just outside the doors of AMAC, holding her little girl – she must have been about 7 months – and they were delighting in the small world flags flapping in the wind.  These flags are adorning all the buildings down Dominion Road for the Cricket World Cup.

How wonderful it was to see the joy on both of their faces!

But then my heart sunk.  Just above their heads was the theatre where pre-born children are ripped from their mother’s wombs.  I could see the theatre walls and the instrument trolleys.  The sheer number of mothers and babies who would never experience this moment of joy weighed heavily on my heart.

And I wondered why on a sunny Sunday afternoon it was so difficult to get more than one person to turn up and beg God’s mercy for this horrendous act against human life.  (Thankfully a little later, someone else arrived to pray with me).

What would the outcry be if the children being sacrificed in the name of choice and convenience were already born?  Would the Christian Church speak out with force?  Would we see the social justice committees rallying up parishioners to stand outside the facilities where the atrocious act was happening: to beg God’s mercy, to provide help and support for the families who felt they had no other choice, to offer alternatives?

Or would there be silence?

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Euthanasia – A Culture of Death

Dutch Euthanasia advocate, Dr Jonquiere has completed his meetings in New Zealand. His objective in coming here was to convince the community that we should support Parliament changing the law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

The killing of the ill and disabled however is not only dangerous for the community it is morally wrong, no matter what the motive.

Every human life from the moment of conception to natural death has an inalienable right to life which may not be taken from us, nor may we give it up.

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Amnesty International Supports Men’s rights to buy and sell sex

Media Release 16th March 2015

Right to Life is disappointed that Amnesty International, according to an internal leaked document from that organisation (originally in January 2014), supports the right of women and men to engage in prostitution and pornography. This document states that criminalizing a prostitute’s client is an attack against both privacy and an individual’s free choice. This document also states that the access to prostituted women is a fundamental human right. This is an internal policy document to define the global strategy of the organization on the issue of prostitution and pornography. Should this policy be adopted by Amnesty International it would mean that under the guise of protecting human rights it would actually be actively lobbying worldwide against the human rights of women, by seeking the decriminalisation of prostitution.  The leaking of the document caused outrage amongst many of Amnesty’s supporters and was met with hostility from many women’s groups. [Read more…]

Right to Life welcomes the establishment of Not Dead Yet Aotearoa- A Voice for the Disability Sector

notdeadyet1 Right to Life believes that the voices of disabled people, their families and Disabled Person’s Organisations need to be at the forefront of a national debate on killing the disabled, which is what is proposed in the Labour Party’s euthanasia bill, End of Life Choice bill, currently out of the ballot, being promoted under the guise of compassion and the right to choose.This bill, if passed, would empower the strong to kill the weak.

This contentious bill is promoted under the guise of compassion to alleviate the intolerable suffering of  patients in a terminal condition, its real purpose is to encourage the disabled to believe that they are a burden to themselves, their family, friends and the state. This discrimination does not just happen at moments of crisis or imminent death, they are the underlying reason why society is so inaccessible to disabled people and excludes and isolates them.These negative attitudes are faced by the disabled all the time. It is easy for them to believe that their life has no value and that they would be better off dead.

Every disabled person is a child of God and is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation.

Discrimination against the disabled is entrenched in our law and it starts in the womb. We have pre- natal screening for Down syndrome and other disabilities. If screening reveals a child with Down syndrome, Spina Bifida or another disability, the mother is encouraged to consider having the child killed before birth.The Crimes Act provides for the killing up to 20 weeks gestation of children in the womb if they have a serious disability.Down Syndrome is a mild to moderate disability but that does not stop these children being murdered

The promotion of legislation to allow a doctor to kill a disabled person who is unhappy with their quality of life is a natural progression from killing the disabled in the womb. The widespread practice of abortion leads to euthanasia. If it is acceptable to kill one category of people then it is logically acceptable to kill others, specifically the ill, the handicapped and the old, for human life is no longer sacred. A chilling example of this kind of development can be seen in the Nazi T4 euthanasia program in Germany.

The Disability Convention requires governments to reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life. Governments shall take all necessary measures to ensure disabled people effectively enjoy this right on an equal basis with others.

Right to Life requests that the Labour Party rejects the contentious End of Life Choice bill which is a serious threat to the lives of the disabled in our community .We also request that It should then reconfirm its commitment to implement the provisions of the Convention and work towards our community accepting the value of the lives of our disabled who enrich our society with their contribution to our nation.

Ken Orr