Brisbane father Graham Preston has been jailed for eight months for peacefully protesting in front of the doors of Brisbane abortion clinics and refusing to move. Graham and his family are well known and highly respected for his unfailing commitment to protect the unborn children of Australia. Graham has just commenced a 232 day sentence in prison for refusing to pay roughly $8000 in fines that have accumulated after ten years of non-violently blocking the entrances of four abortion clinics around Brisbane. He has refused to pay the fines on principle, arguing that trying to save the innocent from harm should not be regarded as criminal behaviour.
Graham wrote on his website: “Going to jail is of course not a desirable thing, either for the person who does so, or for their family who may be very directly negatively affected. Yet our conviction is that this is probably an unavoidable part of seeing the value of all human lives given proper recognition. When anyone pays a very high price for something, it makes everyone ask the question, is it worth it? That is what we want our society to be asking, what are preborn babies worth? We want to say that babies’ lives are worth a person’s, or even many persons’, freedom.”
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990), to which Australia is also a signatory, reaffirms in the Preamble the following statement from the earlier Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959): ” . . . the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, both before as well as after birth.”
Unfortunately, despite Australia being a signatory to this document, there are approximately 90 – 100,000 babies aborted in Australia each year.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from Birmingham jail, ” . . . there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
For more about this story, read LifeSiteNews story Australian father of seven to spend 8 months in jail for protecting unborn.
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