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Why ignore Royal Commission?

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Minister of Justice Andrew Little proposes to introduce a government bill to remove women and the unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act; this is an unprecedented attack on the right to life of the unborn. The Crimes Act Part VIII, Crimes against the Person, provides legal protection for the lives of every human being from implantation to natural death. The Act recognises that abortion is violence against women and the unborn, and that it is a serious crime to kill an unborn child by abortion.

The Minister seeks to make the killing of the unborn a reproductive health choice for women. It would no longer be a crime to kill an unborn child up to birth and the State would have no interest in protecting the lives of New Zealanders in the first nine months of life.

The Minister has a serious duty to tell the nation why he considers that his opinion, devoid of any evidence, should override the following important and authoritative conclusions of a Royal Commission established by the Right Hon Bill Rowling, prime minister of the third Labour government.

The Minister advised Right to Life in March that he did not consider the Royal Commission’s report relevant today, having been written in 1975.

The Minister of Justice is not serving the best interests of women and the unborn by ignoring the learned findings of the Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion, which made the following conclusions in its report to Parliament in 1977:

• “The unborn child as one of the weakest, the most vulnerable and most defenceless forms of humanity, should receive protection.”

• “From a biological point of view there is no argument as to when life begins. Evidence was given to us by eminent scientists from all over the........

© The Gisborne Herald