Treaty breach?

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

In an un­prece­dented at­tack on the sanc­tity of life of the un­born, the Prime Min­is­ter, Jacinda Ardern, and the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice pro­pose that the killing of chil­dren be­fore birth should not be a crime.

The min­is­ter pro­poses to amend the Crimes Act to re­move women and their un­born from the pro­tec­tion of the Crimes Act. This act pro­vides le­gal pro­tec­tion for women and un­born chil­dren against the vi­o­lence of abor­tion. It also pro­tects the right to life of the un­born, which has been in the Crimes Act since 1856.

Right to Life be­lieves that the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of abor­tion would be a breach of the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

Right to Life wrote to the Min­is­ter of Maori De­vel­op­ment, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta, in June 2018, re­quest­ing that she re­fer our sub­mis­sion to the Wai­tangi Tri­bunal for a de­ci­sion, but she re­fused to do this, stat­ing it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The Min­is­ter of Jus­tice pro­poses that there would be no statu­tory test un­til 22 weeks of preg­nancy. Af­ter 22 weeks, the health prac­ti­tioner in­tend­ing to per­form an abor­tion would need to be sat­is­fied the abor­tion is ap­pro­pri­ate in the

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