Right to Life intends to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commissioner against the Director General of Health for violating the rights of pregnant women to choose counsellors whom they wish to receive counselling from.
‘It is now a legal requirement that counsellors providing counselling to women considering an abortion, have no conscientious objection to the killing of an unborn child,’ said a Right to Life spokesperson.
‘This legal requirement is mandated for in the recently released Ministry of Health Abortion Counselling Standards. Counsellors who uphold the sanctity of life ethic, who believe that the unborn child has an inalienable right to life, and who believe that abortion is violence against women are explicitly excluded from providing counselling.
‘Abortion counselling is optional, it is funded by the state and is an integral part of the abortion industry.
‘Right to Life received confirmation from the Ministry of Health that the Standards have legal standing in accordance with the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, section 16(1)(b)(II), which requires the Director General of Health to produce these Standards.
‘Right to Life believes that it is the government’s intention to encourage the killing of the unborn and to isolate women from counselling which opposes violence against women and their unborn. The current government will not allow any dissent against killing unborn children, so it seeks to silence the pro-life movement in New Zealand.
‘The government’s promotion of a culture of death will fail as a culture of life will ultimately triumph over a culture of death.
‘The Ministry of Health released these amended Abortion Counselling Standards on 4th August 2022. These standards state that only government approved counsellors may provide abortion counselling. The definition of abortion counselling is that it is intended to provide therapeutic support to people who are considering having, or have had, an abortion.
‘Right to Life believes that pregnant women considering an abortion have a right to seek counselling from a person who loves and cares for both the mother and her child.
‘She has a right to refuse counselling from a counsellor who does not believe that her precious child is a human being endowed with a right to life and who would support the violent killing of her child.
‘Right to Life is particularly concerned that only persons who do not have a conscientious objection to abortion may provide counselling. This means that the counsellor should believe:-
- That the unborn child is not a human being, nor have a right to life until it is born.
- That it is not a crime to kill an unborn child and that abortion is a ”reproductive health choice for women.”
- Right to Life believes that counsellors who uphold the sanctity of life ethic are prohibited from providing counselling to any woman who is considering an abortion or who is seeking post abortion counselling.
‘Right to Life believes that the government is intent on forbidding pro-life counselling in New Zealand by outlawing it. We believe that their objective is to:-
- Normalise the killing of unborn children and to encourage women to seek an abortion.
- Prevent women from exercising their right to seek pro-life counselling and support to choose life for their child.
- Silence and suppress pro-life counsellors, which is a violation of their freedom of speech.
Right to Life believes that these draconian guidelines promote a culture of death, the war on women and on the lives of our precious unborn.
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