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Ministry of Health censors free speech!

FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Right to Life vigorously challenges the unprecedented attempt by the Ministry of Health to regulate the language we use in relation to abortion. We make no apology for recognising that the unborn child is a human being and that abortion is the violent killing of a child, the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family.

Right to Life is opposed to censorship and the suppression of free speech, which is a fundamental human right in a democratic society.

Right to Life lodged the following Official Information request with the following question to the Ministry of Health on 26th January 2023.

“The names of the pharmacists who have indicated to your Ministry that they are prepared to dispense mifepristone and misoprostol for the purpose of killing an unborn child in a medical abortion”

The Ministry have rejected our request for the list of pharmacists. If the requested list had been provided, it was the intention of Right to Life to write to those pharmacists and respectfully submit that if they were prepared to dispense lethal drugs to kill an unborn child they would be violating their conscience and pharmaceutical ethics.

The Ministry responded on 13th February 2023. “The language and tone of your request lead us to question whether your request had been made in good faith. The wording “killing an unborn child” adds no value or context to the information being requested, however, indicates hostility towards pharmacists who dispense mifepristone and misoprostol for the purpose of medical abortion.