America is different to Australia for all kinds of reasons.

This is especially true when it comes to the politics of protecting the human rights of the unborn.

It would be unthinkable in Australia to have aspirants for the job of prime minister openly questioning the ethics of abortion.

Yet, Carly Fiorina, a Republican party presidential hopeful has shot to number two in the polls behind Donald Trump partly because of an impassioned speech on abortion.

During last week’s debate watched by 23 million Americans, she issued an impassioned plea to President Obama and Hillary Clinton to watch the videos secretly filmed of Planned Parenthood staff offering aborted baby parts to buyers for money.

Several undercover videos have been shot and released on the internet, causing the US House of Representatives to vote this week to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood.

The bill to defund the abortion provider is unlikely to make it through the Senate or past President Obama’s veto pen.

The American pro-life movement is a long way ahead of Australia’s.

That abortion is now being so openly discussed in the US augurs well for us as we so often follow America for good and ill.

Just this week, families have released graphic images of unborn babies which miscarried. The willingness of these families to share these tragic images helps us understand what is at stake in abortion.

When I was growing up in the 1980s, supporters of abortion justified the practice by de-humanising the baby through language.

“Clump of cells, blob of foetal tissue” were the words used to deceive a generation.

Modern ultrasound and mothers of miscarried babies posting on Facebook should cause our society re-think.

William Wilberforce and his band of political activists went to great lengths to humanise the black person so politicians would be convinced to vote against the slave trade.

“Am I not a man and a brother?”, were the emotive words they used on ceramic campaign pendants struck by the Wedgewood company.

Are these little people not part of us? Are they not the most vulnerable among us and worthy of our protection?

The use of aborted baby parts in medical research occurs in Australia. It should not.

What we don’t know is whether or not money changes hands. ACL is working to find out.

Pro-life Republicans are threatening to shut-down the US Government if Planned Parenthood is not de-funded.

It is only a matter of time before the abortion debate is back on the political agenda in Australia.

The truth of abortion will come to the public’s attention here as it is in America.

It is an issue our parliamentarians can no longer ignore.