Letter to all Catholics living in Otago and Southland
A letter by Bishop Colin Campbell, Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, to all Catholics living in Otago and Southland. This
letter will be read and published in all Catholic Church’s in the Diocese of Dunedin this weekend.
The letter calls for the Southern DHB to stop its plan to begin performing abortions in Southland Hospital – which they
plan to start in early August.
1 August 2012
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
You will be aware that there are proposals in place to establish an abortion facility at Southland Hospital. In spite of
the good work of Southlanders for Life, Voice for life and many concerned in raising their voices in opposition the
Management at Southland Hospital still appear to be pursuing this option. The pleas of many concerned people on this
issue have gone unheeded. As Catholics our opposition to abortion is well-known.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have on a number of occasions written about the evil of abortion. In 1989 in speaking
of abortion as the “greatest human rights issue confronting New Zealand in our day” they went on to say;
“Every human being has an inviolable right to life. Rich or poor, strong or weak, young or old, born or unborn – every
human life is sacred. The directly-intended killing of any innocent human being is always wrong. Nothing can ever
justify it. It is urgent to proclaim this truth in season and out of season, welcome or unwelcome.”
(What’s wrong with abortion? New Zealand Catholic Bishops, 1989)
As a Family of Faith we are opposed to all abortion and we must do all we can to prevent this culture of death spreading
in our country. As the ad goes, “think globally, act locally”. Let us continue to pray and raise our voices in the private and public arena and in our wider community. Let our voices
and pleas be heard by our politicians and Minister of Health. We pray that members of the Southern District Health Board
and its management will hear our voice and reject this license for abortion at our Southland Hospital.
“Each human is a unique masterpiece, yet each is a likeness of God individually and separately hand-drawn by the
Creator and destined, through union with Christ, to live forever.” (ibid, NZCBC, 1989)
In the Spirit
+ Colin Campbell
Bishop of Dunedin