McBLOG: Despite January 19, it’s still business-as-usual

One key day in January that we may all remember where we were when we heard the news. January 19. When the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unexpectedly resigned. 

Remember last year when Roe v Wade – the tragic case which had legalised and normalised abortion in the US and perhaps the world over 50 years ago – was overturned by the US Supreme Court? 

It was a good day. A really good day. And this expression became synonymous with that day because a National MP put this image on his social media and the leader of his party asked him to take it down, despite the issue being and having always been a conscience vote. 

But it was a good day – and many children are now living because of it. Literally thousands and thousands of children have been given life because of the decision. Abortion is no longer the first option.

In my view, January 19 2023 was also a good day.

I even posted as much, and saying that no I won’t be taking it down – alluding to the incidence when roe v wade was overturned last year.

Why was it a good day? Because our highest political leader had resigned. Now note – this is not a personal attack. It’s a rejection of her policies and voting record. Her worldview. A political leader who has championed and voted for radical social engineering, here’s her voting record on some key issues:

jacinda voting record


Voted for redefining marriage, voted to legalise euthanasia, voted and for and in fact championed one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world and voted against bans on sex selection abortions and late term abortions and voted against foetal pain provisions and parental notification and against born alive provisions for a failed abortion. A political leader who voted to legalise cannabis, supported the removal of biology from our birth certificates, and voted for the ‘conversion therapy’ ban which criminalises counselling and support for people who experience unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, and criminalises the discussion and practice of alternatives to hormones, surgery and confusion – a law which is especially dangerous for loving parents of confused young people, and for religious groups teaching their religion.

She opposed raising the drinking age, opposed a ban on street prostitution – in fact the only good vote that we identified was a continued ban on easter trading.

In fact, the best part of the Prime Minister’s resignation speech in my view was the bit where she said she now wanted to put family first, and get married.

We published this Family Matters episode back in May 2021. It’s even more relevant now. We said:

“It’s official. Wedding bells will be ringing [soon] for our Prime Minister. We should celebrate this announcement – both for the couple and their daughter – but also because it sends an important societal message. Marriage still matters.”

We wish the outgoing Prime Minister all the best in her family and married life.  

I repeat – this is not a personal attack. It’s a rejection of her policies and voting record as a political leader of our country. We need to call political leaders to account when their policies harm NZ society.

In terms of political leadership, and the policies that she was championing and her voting record, her resignation was welcome news. Very welcome. I make no apology for saying that.

Let me be even more blunt: if a political candidate will not recognise the fundamental right to life of an unborn human being, why would we trust them with many other important issues they will have to make decisions on? The right to live is a foundational issue. Every other issue – housing, poverty, cost of living, mental health, education, care of the elderly & vulnerable etc – relies on living. We must elect leaders willing to protect life. That’s real “kindness”. 

It’s time we stopped turning a blind eye to this great social injustice.

Jacinda Ardern championed our extreme abortion law. She said it herself.

Let me repeat – January 19 was a good day.

So We have a new Prime Minister, but if you thought that the radical social agenda would pause, or “reset Labour to the right” as some commentators have laughingly tried to claim, you just need to see Chris Hipkin’s voting record to see how misleading that narrative is. Let me show you Chris Hipkin’s record beside Jacinda Ardern. 

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