The call for free abortions expressed in the Sydney Morning Herald on 6 August (Call for free abortions as needy women priced out of procedure) based on the cost of abortions to needy woman demonstrates how the Government sector has its moral compass pointing away from women and their children towards perpetuating a culture of death.

In the report, which argues the out of pocket expenses for women seeking abortions are too expensive for many, Denele Crozier, executive officer of Women’s Health NSW said that “Either public hospitals must provide an abortion service or governments must further subsidise poor woman to use the free-standing clinics”.

The parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health in NSW, Melinda Pavey, even suggested that women seek no-interest loans from church organisations for abortions.

This week, Debbie Garrett, Executive Director of Real Choices Australia (RCA) said that the cases cited in the SMH article “demonstrates how miserably we are failing to support women and children out of their dire circumstances by offering them surgical solutions to their social problems. The pregnant homeless woman should be provided housing and financial support rather than abortion”.

Also, in response to the SMH article, Paul Hanrahan, Executive Director of Family Life International (FLI) stated in Spend money on child care, counselling – not abortion that:

“The real help that these women need-access to emergency accommodation, child care, financial support and counselling, medical treatment and counselling directed towards improving their lifestyle choices and circumstances-is sorely lacking”

The Australian Christian Lobby contends that abortion is not the solution to the economic and social problems of pregnant women.

ACL will continue to lobby State Governments for significant abortion law reform that will eventually affirm a culture of life and protection for the unborn.

If you are from Victoria, please make every effort to attend the “March for the Babies” on Saturday 13 October 2012. The March is in response to the Abortion Law Reform Act passed in 2008 in Victoria which makes abortion available for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that time a woman can obtain an abortion if two doctors agree - the reasons that can be used not only cover life and health issues - they include "social circumstances" as well.

The March commences at 1pm from Treasury Gardens and will feature an address from Lord Nicholas Windsor. The organisers are targeting an attendance of 20,000 to send a clear message to the Victorian Parliament that “we the people” demand rights for the unborn child.