Right to Life New Zealand

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Right to Life New Zealand is a Christchurch-based pro-life group. It was expelled from the New Zealand Society for Protection of the Unborn Child (now Voice for Life) in December 1999.

Right to Life New Zealand has conducted a court case against the Abortion Supervisory Committee, New Zealand's abortion regulator since 2005, arguing that the Committee had failed in its alleged statutory responsibility to monitor the legality of individual certifying consultant responsibilities under the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977. Their case was upheld in part by Miller J,[1] however he refused to issue a declaration that the Committee had failed in its duty.[2]

On appeal, the Court of Appeal found against Right to Life on 1 June 2011. It dismissed their case against the Committee and upheld Wall v Livingston,[3] an earlier Court of Appeal case that found that there was no statutory definition of embryo or foetus under New Zealand law in the context of abortion.[4]

The case is currently being heard by the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

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  1. ^ Right to Life New Zealand Inc v Abortion Supervisory Committee [2008] 2 NZLR 825 (HC)
  2. ^ Right to Life New Zealand Inc v Abortion Supervisory Committee HC Wellington CIV-2005-485-999, 3 August 1999.
  3. ^ Wall v Linvingston [1982] 1 NZLR 734 (CA)
  4. ^ Abortion Supervisory Committee v Right to Life New Zealand [2011] NZCA 246 http://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/front-page/cases/abortion-supervisory-committee-v-right-to-life-new-zealand-inc