Well said, Bernard

NZ Herald 6 March 2012
Bernard Moran, national president of Voice for Life, argues that it’s a small step from late abortions to killing newborns.

Many people are understandably shocked at the proposal that babies could be killed after birth. Two medical ethicists have put the case for infanticide in the Journal of Medical Ethics. You may think it couldn’t happen here, but the dynamics of social change should be a warning.

…Could infanticide become legal here? The state of Victoria gives us a clue. A coalition of feminist groups, politicians and leading doctors campaigned for the decriminalisation of the state’s abortion law. The Abortion Law Reform Act was passed by the state Parliament in October 2008. Abortions can be performed up to birth provided two doctors agree that it is necessary. These two doctors can be the operating surgeon and the anaesthetist.

In New Zealand, the Women’s Health Action Trust initiated contact with some of the key organisations and individuals involved in the Victorian campaign. This mentoring has been on-going and in May 2010, an 11-page document was published entitled “A Road Map to Abortion Law Reform”. It sets out the campaign strategy to be pursued so that the NZ equivalent of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act is enshrined here.

A key factor in the success of the Victorian campaign was the involvement of leading obstetricians and gynaecologists, who because of their status were able to lobby and influence a sufficient number of politicians. The Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is discreetly supportive of the Victorian legislation.

When abortion up to birth is made legal, it is a short step to abortion after birth. h


6 comments for “Well said, Bernard

  1. Paul Long
    5 March 2012 at 7:31 pm

    After birth abortion? Please at least have the ethical guts to call it murdering babies!

  2. Stephen Dol
    5 March 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Unbelievable. This is what situational ethics gives us. Have we stooped so low that we no longer care look out for the frail and weak in preference to protecting our own pleasure and perception of happiness?

    Of course it is easy to legislate other peoples fate when it is not our own – that is in the line of sight of a state sanctioned assassines instruments.

    Cowardly and weak both morally and in terms of thinking. Shame on those who pathetically reason the support for this kind of action. One wonders what they have already been up to.

  3. Gary Fursdon
    5 March 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Are they trying to make our blood boil? Let’s call post-birth abortion what it is – murder. If the mother does this, because she thinks she can’t cope or the child will be a burden, she would be hauled before court on a murder charge. But if it’s state sanctioned and enshrined in law, then it must be ok. Doesn’t the Hippocratic oath call for doctors to do no harm? The problem is, once the academics have let this loose, it doesn’t take long for unscrupulous lobby groups to take it as far as it can go. Good on you Family First and Voice For Life – this needs to be nipped in the bud.

  4. steve
    6 March 2012 at 12:07 pm

    disgusting. How they could even put that out there. Its simply murder.

  5. Pat McKinney
    6 March 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I am absolutely disgusted this subject has even been raised and cannot even think about this issue. It is so wrong. What is society coming to.

  6. Rosemary Rodgers
    7 March 2012 at 6:22 pm

    When society accepts evolution & rejects the idea of people being made in God’s image;also that we are not accountable to our Creator,well we can all do whatever we think right in our own eyes,can’t we!However as a mother of six,I can hardly believe that even a died-in – the- wool atheist could murder her new-born baby!

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