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Dan Flynn writes in Online Opinion on abortion and Saturday's March for the Babies
· October 14, 2012 11:00 AM
ACL's Victorian Director Dan Flynn has had an opinion piece published in Online Opinion entitled
Not marching for baby fish.
The March for the Babies event held in Melbourne over the weekend was a visual demonstration that Victoria's abortion laws are out of step with community sentiment - there was a huge turnout of almost 4,000 people who marched for the right to life of every child.
You can read Mr Flynn's article via the link above, or see below for a copy.
Thousands of Victorians marched through Melbourne's CBD on Saturday. Why? Who needs their protection?
This month snapper commence their annual migration into Port Philip Bay. These fish are highly prized by recreational anglers and in accordance with sustainable fisheries priorities Fisheries Officers will enforce size limits to protect juvenile fish.
If you are caught taking or being in possession of an undersized snapper it will be returned to the water and you can expect an infringement notice. If your offending involves numerous undersized fish, they will be returned to the water and you can expect to be charged, face court and be fined or worse. Something in a previous life I was employed to ensure.
Tragically, unborn babies in Victoria are not afforded the same protection as our undersized fish.
In 2007, the then Premier John Brumby announced that Victoria's abortion laws were "out of step with community sentiment" and he commenced a process that lead to the liberalisation of abortion law.
The Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 now provides that abortion may be performed by a medical practitioner up to twenty four weeks without reference to any criteria. Abortion after twenty four weeks and up until the moment of birth, can be performed after confirmation by any two medical practitioners that the abortion is appropriate, having regard to all relevant medical circumstances and the women's current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances.
These provisions have created an environment of abortion on request. It is estimated, based on Medicare statistics that approximately 20,000 abortions occur in Victoria each year.
The 2009 Annual Report of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) released in June 2012 reveals that from a total of 410 post twenty week abortions, 210 were performed on babies without physical defects, including ten undertaken after twenty eight weeks. Children at this stage of gestation are certainly capable of surviving outside the womb.
The 2010 report of CCOPMM revealed 345 late-term babies were killed in 2007 and that fifty four of them were still alive after the abortion procedure.
This lead then MLC Peter Kavanagh to try to set up an investigation into the cases of the fifty four babies who survived their abortion and were subsequently left to die. The questions he wanted answered related to what efforts were made to ensure those children had the best possible healthcare and opportunity to live. The motion was defeated. Mr Kavanagh was described in Parliament as "disgusting" for even raising the issue.
However, when the federal Parliamentary Group on Population and Development told a Senate Inquiry in 2008 that public funding of abortion was needed because the birth of babies with disabilities would be a burden on the budget, it is hard to expect much sympathy for the situation of the unborn in certain sections of our parliaments.
Fortunately for those who do not understand the importance and relevance of this issue a documentary will be released next month entitled "The Voice of John". This film will discuss the reality of babies born alive after abortions. In The Voice of John the humanity of the unborn will be made real -"one small voice will speak for millions."
Public sentiment is moving away from abortion as the answer to unexpected and initially unwanted pregnancies or crisis pregnancies as they're called. Financial support, medical treatment, accommodation and care are now commonly being identified as better solutions.
Fuller analysis of why women have abortions may uncover options that make provision for mother and child to co-exist and prosper.
In submissions to a Victorian Parliamentary review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights in July 2011, the Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart and the bishops of Ballarat and Sale, argued that the Charter gave "inadequate protection for the right to life, including the right to life of the child before birth".
This deep concern of the Church for the unborn was reflected again in a speech by Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen last week, when he said: "What sort of society is it that kills 100,000 children in the womb each year?"
The estimated 3,500 Victorians who marched through the Melbourne CBD on Saturday to marked the 4th anniversary of the introduction of the Abortion Law Reform Act called for a change of culture and legislation. They marched for numerous reasons, including compassion for the women whose children have been aborted; women who have been failed by society in the provision of practical and emotional assistance.
The March was a peaceful witness to life and a visual demonstration that Victoria's abortion laws are "out of step with community sentiment", that surely values the life of a child over a fish.
MR: Dangerous effects of RU486 being ignored by Parliament as those advocating for right to life labelled ‘anti-women’
· October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday 10 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its call for the evidence about the harms to women of the chemical abortion drug RU486 to be considered in light of a speech being made by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today promoting the drug.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis has expressed concern that both political parties are ignoring the evidence about the safety of RU486.
“It is imperative that our government take into consideration the hundreds of women who have suffered major health issues after taking this drug,” Ms Francis said.
In response to a question by Senator Boswell, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
told the Senate
earlier this year that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
“Of the 832 women, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“In 2010, a Melbourne woman tragically died after taking RU486. We need to ensure there is a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any licences are granted.
“Women facing unsupported pregnancies should not be given a dangerous chemical to poison them and their unborn child – they should be offered real choices, including the option of support for keeping their unborn child,” Ms Francis said.
ACL is alarmed that Ms Plibersek has associated herself with the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development – the host of today’s event – which holds extreme views about aborting the disabled to save money from the disability services budget (see their
to Senate Standing Committee, p. 10).
ACL is also concerned that the abortion debate has been dragged into the unseemly debate about sexism and misogyny in the Parliament.
“For Tony Abbott or any other person to be shut down in this debate about the health of women and life of unborn children and be labelled as ‘anti-women’ is a suppression of free debate,” Ms Francis said.
Don't forget 'March for the Babies', Saturday 13 October in Melbourne
· October 01, 2012 10:00 AM
On 10 October 2008, the Victorian Parliament passed the
Abortion Law Reform Act,
one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world. This law eliminated all legal protection for Victorian children until the moment of birth.
The March for the Babies Committee was established with the assistance of representatives from leading pro-life groups throughout Victoria and on 10 October 2009 organised the first march to commemorate the passing of the
Abortion Law Reform Act 2008
one year earlier. In remembrance of this shameful day, we gather to March for the Babies who never see the light of day in Victoria.
The march occurs each October on or around the 10th, calling for the repeal of the law which allows babies to be killed right up until the moment of birth and is the most extreme in the Western world.
Together we express our profound disapproval at our Government's failure to:
Protect the fundamental right of life of every person in our State.
Offer real help to women in crisis pregnancies and other who have suffered through abortion.
Allow freedom of conscience for our health care professionals.
Our goal is to overturn this terrible law and provide full legal protection to our most vulnerable Victorians.
Please join us as we march in this peaceful witness to life from Treasury Gardens to Parliament House and hear inspirational speakers and music with a message of courage and hope.
**Please note: above content written by March for the Babies Committee**
Details of this year's march:
Saturday 13th October 2012
Treasury Gardens (starting at the south-west corner — Spring Street and Wellington Parade), Melbourne
For more information, please visit the
March for the Babies website
You're invited to attend the March for the Babies' Inaugural Oration Dinner in Victoria
· September 26, 2012 10:00 AM
The 'March for the Babies' Committee invites you to attend its inaugural oration dinner being held next month, with keynote speaker Lord Nicholas Windsor, a relative of Queen Elizabeth II. 'March for the Babies' was established to affirm the right to life of every unborn child, assist women in crisis pregnancies and allow freedom of conscience for healthcare workers opposed to abortion.
We encourage you to attend the dinner if you are in Victoria. Tickets are still available by contacting March for the Babies.
Details are outlined below.
Friday 12th October 2012
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Grand Ballroom
25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the 'March for the Babies'
to download a PDF version of the dinner invitation.
MR: Adverse effects to women of RU 486 down-played as abortion provider granted import license
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday, August 30, 2012
The granting of a licence to import the chemical abortion drug RU 486 to a subsidiary of the world’s biggest abortion provider is not in the best interest of women, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said the Therapeutic Goods Administration had seriously erred in granting a licence to Marie Stopes International to import RU 486.
Ms Francis said the
TGA had recently told Senate Estimates
, in response to a question from Queensland Senator Ron Boswell, that it did not collect information about RU 486 related deaths overseas.
TGA also told the Senate
, in response to a further question from Senator Boswell, that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
Of these, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“It is quite offensive that RU 486 is referred to as a medicine in some quarters. Pregnancy is not a disease and should not be stigmatised as such,” Ms Francis said.
This year it was revealed that a Melbourne woman had died in 2010 after RU 486.
“There should be a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any further licences are granted.
“Women facing un-supported pregnancy should be offered real choices by our society, not a dangerous chemical to poison their un-born child.
“As a society we do very poorly in promoting alternatives to women beyond chemical or surgical abortion and this is a tragedy for women and unborn babies,” Ms Francis said.
ACL welcomes retention of ‘impartial’ pregnancy counselling
· February 24, 2010 11:00 AM
For release: February 24, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today welcomed the Rudd Government’s confirmation that it will retain the essential elements of a pregnancy helpline designed to reduce the number of abortions in Australia.
ACL spokeswoman Michelle Pearse said that while it was regrettable that counsellors would now refer women to abortion clinics, women will continue to be provided with a range of choices other than abortion.
“It is vital that women with unsupported or unintended pregnancies are given a full range of choices including keeping the baby and adoption so they don’t feel that abortion is the only choice,” Mrs Pearse said.
“It is pleasing to see these essential elements retained by the Rudd Government in its response to questions from Senate Estimates hearings regarding the National Pregnancy Helpline.
“It is vital that women be given counselling independent of that offered by abortion clinics and that they are not pressured in any way at a time when their circumstances are very challenging.
“It is appropriate that public funding continues to provide this independent counselling and it is great that this is accepted by both sides of politics,” Mrs Pearse said.
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
Government urged to reverse decision to scrap vital pregnancy helpline
· January 18, 2010 11:00 AM
For release: January 18, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to scrap the National Pregnancy Support Helpline, saying it provides a vital non-directive counselling service which has assisted thousands of women facing unsupported or unintended pregnancies.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that the initiative to set up and run the pregnancy support line was one of only a very small number of initiatives taken at a federal level to assist women to have a genuine choice when facing an unsupported pregnancy.
“Despite attempts to downplay use of the service, it has assisted several thousand pregnant women and helped them to be better informed about the options available to them, free from the vested interests of counselling provided by abortion clinics. Every time one woman has been helped through a difficult situation in her life it has been money well spent,” Mr Wallace said.
“Polling conducted by Sexton Marketing in 2004 revealed that 99% of people believe women considering abortion should have access to counselling, and that 94% think all alternatives should be seriously considered before exercising this option. Surely this is exactly the kind of professional assistance thousands of women have been receiving through the hotline!
“We urge the Government to continue the service and better promote the helpline, so that it helps even more women in need. The proposal to start a perinatal helpline dealing with issues such as depression appears to be a good one, but it should be undertaken in addition to the specific pregnancy counselling service – not instead of it.”
Mr Wallace said that the majority of Australians – and even most Federal politicians – would like to see Australia’s very high abortion rate reduced, but very little action is actually being taken to achieve this.
“To now learn that such an important pregnancy counselling service is to be scrapped is deeply disappointing, as it is only likely to increase the number of abortions in Australia.”
Mr Wallace said abortion activists had disparaged the pregnancy counselling service right from the beginning, lobbying hard for it to be scrapped and hampering the effective promotion of the service.
“Despite this the service has helped large numbers of women and we urge the Government not to abolish it but to instead ensure it is better promoted so that more women can benefit from it.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
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