Right to Life commends the courageous defenders of life who gather each Friday outside the Thames Hospital. They give witness to the sanctity of life of the unborn, who are being brought to the Hospital to have their lives violently terminated. They also pray for the mothers who are the second victims of abortion and for the hospital staff, that they will follow their conscience and refuse to have the blood of the innocent on their hands.
It is disappointing that Jacquie Mitchell (pictured), the manager of the Thames Hospital in a media release made by the Waikato District Health Board, accuses those giving witness of harassment and claims that “the abortions are being performed for the right reasons.” There were 407 children who were killed at the Thames Hospital in 2012.
There are no good and right reasons for killing a child before it is born. Those who engage in peaceful, prayerful vigils are exercising their right to free speech and assembly; this is not harassment. The manager is trying to create an aura of normality around abortion as though it is a normal and an acceptable part of our health service. It is not; it is violence against women and fatal violence against their precious unborn. Abortion has no place in our health service and it has no place in the Thames Hospital. Abortion is the only procedure where two patients enter a hospital and only one comes out.
We all have a duty to defend life especially that of the unborn who the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. Those who peacefully and prayerfully vigil outside the Hospital are there to offer support to the women entering the Hospital for an abortion. The women entering are often there not because it is their choice, but because they believe they have no choice. Many women change their mind when offered help outside abortion mills and are grateful to the people who are there for them in their hour of desperate need. When those protesting save even one child, what a wonderful thing for both the child and the mother.
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Abortion is a terrible evil. It is part of a culture of death that cannot tolerate the truth. Abortion demands acceptance and adulation. The community and staff of the Thames Hospital should be grateful for the pro-life people who pray outside their Hospital for an end to the evil of abortion.
Every community that suffers the evil of abortion in their hospitals, should encourage its members to oppose violence against vulnerable women and their unborn by giving a regular, peaceful and prayerful witness outside the places of killing.
LifeNews.com Note: Ken Orr is the spokesman for Right to Life of New Zealand.