The United Nations Human Rights Council in its second periodic review of New Zealand’s human rights record in January this year applauded our human rights record. Minister Collins said “Nearly all countries commended our excellent human rights record and acknowledged the progress we are making in protecting women and children against violence, and recommended these efforts continue.”Right to Life asks, why are we in denial about the war that is being conducted against women and their defenceless unborn? In the four years since the first periodic review more than 61,ooo children have been murdered in their mothers’ wombs.This is the ultimate in violence against women and their precious children, sanctioned and funded by the government, all with the blessing of the United Nations.
The UN Human Rights Council should be at the forefront in seeking protection for women and their unborn. Why aren’t they? Instead they are actually at the forefront in promoting worldwide the war against women and the killing of the unborn.
The war against women will continue unabated until the law recognizes the unborn child as a human being from conception endowed by its Creator with an inalienable right to life. A nation and culture that refuses to defend and protect its most helpless, unguarded citizens will continue a rapid plunge into total darkness. We should pray during this Christmas season that all people make a resolution to embrace not erase the most precious, priceless gift of all – Human LIFE.
The Catholic Church is at the forefront in defending human rights. It was Saint Pope John Paul II who called upon the nations of the world to recognize the personhood of the unborn endowed with an inalienable right to life.
The Constitutional Advisory Panel has completed its conversation with the community and has made its recommendations on a written constitution for the consideration of government. In the event that we ultimately have a written constitution, it is imperative that it enshrine and proclaim the personhood of the unborn child as a human being, endowed at conception by its Creator with an inalienable right to life.
Hungary is a nation that New Zealand should emulate. The Hungarian Parliament has recently changed its constitution to defend the personhood of unborn children from the moment of conception, it now states;
“Human dignity shall be inviolable. The fetus shall be protected from the moment of conception.”