“…The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court judge’s ruling that unborn children do not have a right to life.
It also dismissed comments made by the judge about many abortions being granted “on request”.
Right to Life sued the Abortion Supervisory Committee for allegedly failing to review whether certifying consultants were lawfully granting women abortions.
Right to Life said many abortions were wrongfully allowed on the grounds that keeping the baby would be a “threat to the women’s mental health”.
It said the committee should seek further information from consultants who approved abortions and ensure the law was complied with.
In a landmark High Court decision in 2008, Justice Forrie Miller said there were reasons to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions. The ASC appealed against that.
However, Justice Miller rejected arguments that an unborn child had a legal right to life in New Zealand.
Right to Life appealed against that.
The Court of Appeal upheld his ruling that the law does not recognise an unborn child’s right to life….”
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