Petition Tag - foetus

1. Save the Snowflake Babies

UPDATE - Amy Adams has advised that she is not able to intervene as Minister of Justice and that the appeal will have to be put before the NZ Parliament to change the HART Act. This petition will therefore be added to an application to the NZ Government.

On November 22nd 2014, 2,000 NZ children, frozen as embryos, are to be destroyed over the following year. This action is in accordance with the HART Act of 2004 in NZ, which prohibits them being kept any longer in frozen storage facilities without ethical approval. Their lives will be ended unless some intervention is carried out. They are also not protected from scientific experimentation under NZ law.

I have been in dialogue with my MP Jaqui Dean who has sent my concerns to Dr Johnathan Coleman, the Minister of health, who has in turn written to the Minister of Justice Amy Adams. She has recommended a course of action to bring the matter before the NZ Government.

The HART clinics have been working with the department of Health to contact parents. Time is running out for these little lives to be saved before November 22nd.

Only a ministerial action can intervene to stop their destruction in time.

2. Stop Abortion being legalised in Ireland

The legalisation of abortion is being debated in Ireland at present. Legalisation of abortion would open the way for devastating consequences, such as the possibility of mortality of mother and child during the legal abortion process; possibility of illness of the mother post-abortion; and post-abortion trauma such as cerebral palsy and twisted off or dismembered limbs in the babies who survive abortion.

The majority of Irish citizens firmly hold that the sanctity of the life of each unborn child in Ireland be protected.

3. Oppose Motion 312 / Rejetez Motion 312

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Motion M-312 will be considered by Parliament at the end of April 2012 and voted on in late spring or early fall. The motion poses a real danger to abortion rights, to the rights of all pregnant women, and to women’s equality rights in general. It is motivated solely by anti-abortion ideology. The intent is to bestow legal personhood on fetuses in order to re-criminalize abortion.

However, personhood is a socially and legally constructed concept, and it is bestowed upon birth for very practical and obvious reasons. The courts have stated that the intimate connection between a woman and her fetus cannot be considered in isolation, and that giving rights to fetuses would impose a duty of care on a pregnant woman that would result in extensive and unacceptable intrusions into her bodily integrity, privacy, and autonomy. To grant personhood to the fetus is to necessarily remove personhood from the woman. Historical and medical evidence clearly shows the negative and often catastrophic results when the state interferes and imposes restrictions on the reproductive rights of women in the interests of “protecting” fetuses. In the U.S., hundreds of women have been prosecuted because of so-called “fetal homicide” laws and thousands more have been subjected to punitive and counterproductive child welfare interventions that treat what women do or experience during pregnancy as evidence of child neglect or abuse.

In reality, the best way to protect fetuses is to ensure that pregnant women have full rights, and to provide them with the supports and resources they need for a good pregnancy outcome – which may sometimes include having an abortion.

Please sign the following petition to call upon Parliament to oppose Motion 312. To review our counter arguments against the bill, visit http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/M-312.html
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Le Parlement examinera la motion M 312 à la fin d’avril 2012 et se prononcera à son sujet à la fin du printemps ou au début de l’automne. Cette motion constitue une réelle menace pour le droit à l’avortement, les droits de toutes les femmes enceintes et, plus généralement, le droit à l’égalité des femmes. Essentiellement motivée par l’idéologie anti-avortement, elle vise à donner au fœtus le statut juridique d’être humain, afin de criminaliser à nouveau l’avortement.

Le statut d’être humain est cependant un concept élaboré à des fins sociales et juridiques, accordé à la naissance pour des raisons éminemment pratiques et évidentes. Les tribunaux ont affirmé que la vie d’une femme et celle de son fœtus, intimement liées, ne peuvent être considérées séparément, et qu’en accordant des droits au fœtus, on imposerait à la femme enceinte une obligation de diligence qui constituerait une atteinte grave et inacceptable à son intégrité physique, à son droit à la vie privée et à son autonomie. Accorder le statut d’être humain au fœtus revient nécessairement à rabaisser le statut d’être humain de la femme. Historiquement et médicalement, il est prouvé que l’intervention de l’État et les restrictions imposées aux droits génésiques des femmes dans le but de « protéger » le fœtus ont des effets néfastes et souvent catastrophiques. Aux États-Unis, des centaines de femmes ont fait l’objet de poursuites en vertu de lois interdisant l’« homicide fœtal », tandis que des milliers d’autres ont été soumises à des interventions punitives et contre-productives de la part d’organismes de protection de l’enfance qui interprètent certains gestes et expériences des femmes durant la grossesse comme des preuves de négligence ou de violence envers leur enfant.

En réalité, la meilleure façon de protéger le fœtus est de faire en sorte que les femmes enceintes jouissent de leurs pleins droits et de leur fournir le soutien et les ressources dont elles ont besoin pour que leur grossesse se termine bien, même dans les cas où l’avortement est la seule solution.

Nous vous demandons de signer la pétition ci-dessous, afin de demander au Parlement de rejeter la motion 312. Pour connaître l’ensemble de nos arguments à l’encontre du projet de loi, veuillez consulter le http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/M-312.html [en anglais].