Former NZ politician admits sending pro-life emails to “junk folder”

Former New Zealand MP, Kevin Hague, admits that he diverted pro-life emails “to a junk folder.”

As the New Zealand Parliament is currently debating whether or not to legalise abortion up until birth on the say so of a single health practitioner, the former Green Party MP made the startling admission that the emails of concerned pro-life citizens in New Zealand are simply dismissed.

As pro-lifers engaged in the democratic process by contacting their MP urging them to oppose the extreme abortion legislation, Labour MP Deborah Russell tweeted an image from her email account showing multiple emails all concerned about the proposed new abortion law.

She said “My inbox right now. Sigh.”

In a reply to her tweet the former Green party MP, Kevin Hague said:

“My strategy was just to treat them as you would trolls elsewhere online – set up a rule that just diverts them all to a junk folder. My EA also weeded out the hate mail that didn’t get caught by the filter and only showed me selected highlights. Worth it for your mental health!”

The Abortion Legislation Bill permits abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy if a single health practitioner considers it appropriate with regard to “woman’s physical health, mental health, and well-being…

The tweets were posted shortly before the extreme abortion Bill passed it’s first reading in the New Zealand Parliament.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Even if you are not pro-life the contempt that these MPs, especially former Green Party MP, Mr Hague, have shown for the electorate and the democratic process more generally, is nothing short of astounding.”

“On the other hand, this does show the effectiveness of pro-lifers lobbying their MPs. Despite these politicians, the message is getting through: ‘New Zealand does not want or need this extreme abortion legislation. We do not want abortion up to birth. Vote against this legislation.”

NZ Parliament to debate extreme abortion Bill that will allow for abortion up to birth for any reason

(New Zealand Justice Minister, Andrew Little, answering questions on the abortion Bill)

The New Zealand Parliament is set to debate a new abortion Bill which would permit abortion up to the birth of the baby.

The Abortion Legislation Bill, set to be brought before the New Zealand Parliament this Thursday (08/08), will make abortion legal up until birth with the approval of a single nurse or doctor, which could be the abortion doctor or nurse performing the abortion.

The Bill includes proposed amendments to New Zealand’s current Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act (1977). A new clause added to the legislation statesthat a qualified health practitioner may provide abortion services to a woman who is more than 20 weeks pregnant, but this is conditional on the health practitioner reasonably believing that an abortion is appropriate in the circumstances.”

The health practitioner must have regard to the woman’s physical health, mental health, and well-being when considering whether an abortion is appropriate.

“Well-being” is left undefined in the legislation, meaning, in effect, that abortion would be available throughout all nine months of pregnancy if a single doctor or nurse agrees to it.

The pro-life group, Voice For Life New Zealand, has described this criteria for late-term abortion, which is left up to the discretion of a doctor on the basis of a woman’s mental and physical health, as “extremely loose and arbitrary.”

If this legislation were to pass, New Zealand would have the most extreme abortion law in the world, essentially permitting abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy if a doctor or nurse considered it appropriate.

New Zealand Justice Minister, Andrew Little, admitting abortion with the consent of a single doctor will be available up to birth.

There is currently a provision in Victoria, Australia, that allows for abortion between 24 weeks and birth if two doctors agree that the termination is appropriate given the woman’s current and future ‘physical, psychological and social circumstances’.

This is a more specific provision than the ‘well-being’ provision in the proposed New Zealand legislation and requires a higher threshold of two doctors rather than a single nurse or doctor to agree the abortion is allowed under the legislation. As extreme as the legislation in Victoria is, New Zealand’s could be even worse.

Abortion advocates were effective in ensuring the legislation in Victoria did not require full collection of statistics for late-term abortions, making it more difficult to determine the impact that allowing for abortion up-to-birth has had on late-term abortion numbers. 

The majority of ‘social’ late-term terminations are likely done in private clinics where statistics are not collected and reported. There is limited data collection in hospitals provided in reports from The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity

This data shows that in 2011 there were 195 abortions performed on babies with a ‘suspected or confirmed’ disability after 20 weeks. There were a further 191 performed for ‘psychosocial’ reasons after 20-weeks, and this even included a termination for ‘psychosocial’ reasons after 37 weeks!

As mentioned, the majority of ‘social’ terminations are likely to take place in private abortion clinics where stats are not collected, so the number of late-term social abortions in the State is likely to be much higher.

This has all occurred under a stricter ‘abortion up-to-birth’ provision in Victoria. It is likely that the situation would be far worse in New Zealand under the even looser worded proposed ‘abortion up to birth’ provision there.

It is clear that if this Bill passes, New Zealand will have the most extreme abortion law in the world.

Catherine Robinson from Right To Life UK said:

“We should not be desensitised to the severity of what is being proposed in New Zealand. Children are born at 22 weeks in developed countries and go on to thrive. Abortion at this late stage, and even up until birth, whether in New Zealand or in any other country, is especially barbaric.”

“New Zealand’s Labour party, are attempting to redefine abortion as a health issue. But excluding those rare cases where a mother’s life is genuinely in danger, where the premature removal of her baby is already permitted, abortion manifestly is not a health issue. Being pregnant is not an illness, and it is deeply Orwellian to pretend it is.”

Tetraplegic model speaks out against euthanasia after once planning to end her life

A deadly double standard – Claire’s Story #DefendNZ Documentary 2 (Youtube: screenshot)

As The End of Life Choice Bill is currently being debated in New Zealand, a woman, Claire Freeman, involved in a car accident causing her to become tetraplegic, has spoken out forcefully against the Bill.

The Bill permits assisted suicide in cases where an adult has a “terminal illness that is likely to end the person’s life within 6 months”; or suffers from “a grievous and irremediable medical condition; and is in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability; and experiences unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that he or she the person considers tolerable”.

Claire argues that this Bill would have been dangerous for people like her given her (former) “mindset and lack of proper support” and had this Bill passed only a few years ago, she would have been eligible to end her life.

Although formerly pro-assisted suicide, her experience as a tetraplegic has led her to change her mind admitting that “[she] didn’t really understand the implications of having a ‘choice’ [for assisted suicide].”

Claire attempted suicide more than once and her health professionals “encouraged [her] to explore assisted suicide”. She had intended to travel to Switzerland to kill herself but was unable to do so due to a disastrous operation on her neck, which made her condition even worse.

During her recuperation in hospital “[she] realised that being offered assisted suicide instead of suicide support was disturbing.”

“I had been told ‘if I was in your position, with your disability, I wouldn’t want to live’ by the very health professionals who are there to help suicide survivors. No one ever asked about my toxic mindset and frantic way of living.”

“I realised my biggest problem had been my mindset and a lack of proper support”

Claire said that people like her are not being given a voice in this debate in New Zealand.

“I don’t want to see a vulnerable person talking to a health professional who assumes their life is of little value due to their disability or illness.”

“The reality is this: If the End of Life Choice Bill, in its current form, were law four years ago, I’d be dead. This isn’t about religion or politics; it’s about trying to do the right thing and highlight the dangers of this bill.”

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK commented:

“The attitude of medical professionals towards people with disabilities in this case is, sadly,  all too familiar. Just recently in the UK, a mother was offered an abortion 10 times because her daughter was diagnosed as having a disability in the womb.”

“These professionals acted in a remarkably unprofessional manner by encouraging Claire to kill herself, and, as she rightly notes, she would not be alive today had the law been different. We can see clearly that the attitudes of the medical professionals and the lack of proper support were a key motivating factor behind Claire’s original decision to take her life, which, fortunately, she was unable to enact.”

“As her experience shows, laws prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia protect people like Claire, and they should not be removed.”

RTL Makes Submission to New Zealand Parliament’s Health Select Committee Investigation Into Euthanasia & Suicide

Yesterday evening, RTL Executive Officer Peter D. Williams made an oral submission by international telephone to the Health Select Committee of the New Zealand House of Representatives, as part of their official investigation into euthanasia and suicide.

This comes due to a petition of almost 9,000 people led by former pro-euthanasia Member of the New Zealand Parliament and campaigner Maryan Street, and in the light of separate proposals made by Louisa Wall MP (Lab; Manurewa) and David Seymour MP (ACT; Epsom) to introduce euthanasia into NZ law and medicine, removing right-to-life protections for the most vulnerable of New Zealanders.

Preceding his oral submission, Peter wrote an official 43-page RTL White Paper to Committee Members, detailing:

  • The purpose and value of right-to-life protections
  • The meaning of euthanasia
  • The ‘logical cliff’ of the false ‘autonomy’ argument in extending euthanasia beyond the terminally ill
  • The failure of limited eligibility criteria and proposed safeguards
  • The experience of euthanasia in Belgium and Holland
  • Lessons from the State of Oregon
  • The importance of hospice care and reforms to improve palliative services

You can read the RTL White Paper, here.