Gunn’s speech summarised disussions with the surgeon, reminded New Zealanders of proper informed consent, and the greatness our country once had.
‘When I was in the meeting with them on Friday morning, I asked the surgeon repeatedly ‘Why are you opposing this? There will be no harm. They’ve got blood ready. The operation can go ahead. In the interests of the parents and the child this can go ahead.’
‘The surgeon’s repeated answer to me was ‘Because I don’t believe there’s any problem with the blood.’
‘And I kept saying, ”But it’s not about your belief. In a free country you can hold whatever belief you want.
”This is about the parent’s right to chose on their informed consent, and they are deeply informed, and they are deeply studied. They have done enormous due diligence on their informed consent under our law, you doctors must listen to what the parents want.”
‘And that is when they walked out.
‘This case is about W’s life, and he is a very special little boy. But it’s about the lives of your children and grandchildren.
‘If one day we find that our blood bank is utterly polluted – we don’t know yet – we pray it won’t be – you will be so grateful to have this case where all you journalists have stood up and said, ‘We must have the option of unjabbed blood in New Zealand.’
‘Furthermore, New Zealand, and every journalist listening, we were once a great nation who stood up to America on nuclear ships, we stood up to France on Moruroa. What has happened to our courage and guts? We must send a message to the world – this case will be an absolute touchstone for the world if this judge gets it right and makes sure we have unjabbed blood in New Zealand.
‘This will reverberate through every country.’
See Liz’s speech on Twitter.