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Time to fall in love with all of the baby Gammys in the world
· August 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Should baby Gammy have been born? Australians who raised $220,000 for the Thai-born Down syndrome baby’s medical costs think so.
It has been heartening to see the outpouring of compassion for him.
But the sad fact is not enough of us are willing to do what is needed to create the political environment in which public policy can be created that will protect such babies.
In Australia, if pre-natal testing reveals Down syndrome, the baby’s life is routinely ended through abortion.
Reflecting society, a majority of Australian parliamentarians long ago abandoned the idea that a Down syndrome baby was worth saving.
Our collective lack of compassion for the baby Gammys’ of the world was demonstrated during Senate hearings into the Medicare funding of abortion in 2008.
The Parliamentary Group on Population and Development told the Senate that Medicare funding of abortion was necessary because disabled babies might be born and become a drain on the disability services budget.
The submission was a word-for-word cut and paste of the submission of the radical pro-abortion group, the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance.
The short statured senator from Western Australia, Dr Alan Eggleston,
resigned from the group in protest
Several other parliamentarians, who didn’t know a submission advocating aborting the disabled to save money was lodged in their name, wrote letters saying they disagreed.
The former Nationals veteran Senator Ron Boswell told the Senate the views expressed by the PGP&D were
akin to the ‘Hitler regime’
which began killing the disabled before it did the Jews.
I think our society can do better.
A Toowoomba-based organisation seeking to help us in this is Emily’s Voice. They have produced a number of heart-warming stories about courageous people who have saved the lives of babies.
Here’s just one.
In Western Australia, ACL is supporting the Upper House MP Nick Goiran’s campaign to stop the practice of aborting babies post 20 weeks.
Mr Goiran has uncovered shocking statistics which show that since 2001, 474 babies were aborted after 20 weeks.
If you live in WA, please use our online campaigning website to send an
email to your local member of parliament.
In the same way we have fallen in love with baby Gammy abandoned by his biological parents in Thailand because he was disabled, we need to fall in love with the baby Gammys in our own backyard.
MP highlights reality of abortion practice in WA
· June 26, 2014 10:00 AM
In a speech to parliament last week, Western Australian MP Nick Goiran exposed the realities of abortion practices in the state, particularly in cases where the condition of the unborn child is clearly compatible with life.
As part of a two year investigation into the practice, Mr Goiran found that 52 (10 per cent) of the 474 post 20-week abortions performed since November 2001 had happened because the unborn child had Spina Bifida, and 35 (seven per cent) was due to Down Syndrome.
Other conditions that we also given in justification of the abortion were four cases of skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism), a hand defect, an upper limb abnormality and one case of 47XYY (minor chromosomal disorder).
In his speech, Mr Goiran called on members of parliament to reform abortion laws, saying:
"Although I do not support post-20 week abortions as a matter of principle grounded on the right to life, at the very least I am asking all members to have the courage to reform this area urgently so that we cease this grotesque discrimination against people with disabilities. We cannot pretend to be a civilised society if we stand by and allow terminations of pregnancies for Down syndrome, which I have described publicly as people who happen to be happier than I am; or for people with spina bifida whose backs are less straight than mine; or for people with dwarfism who happen to be shorter than I am; or possibly, worst of all, those with limb abnormalities, which to this day I still cannot believe and reconcile has occurred."
Abortion has been legal in Western Australia since May 1998 and it’s estimated 134,000 unborn children have died in the 16 years since it became legal. More than 600 of these babies have been killed after 20 weeks gestation solely because of a disability such as Down Syndrome, spina bifida or dwarfism.
In WA, abortion after 20 weeks is allowed if two medical practitioners have agreed that the mother, or the unborn child, has a severe medical condition that in their professional opinion justifies the procedure.
The statistics outlined above clearly show a mis-use of the legislation as the justifications fall short of the term "severe medical condition”.
Mr Goiran is urging Western Australians to write to WA's Minister for Health Dr Kim Hames asking for a bill to prohibit post 20-week abortions for conditions compatible with life. You can email him at
or for more contact details, follow
Mr Goiran's speech to the Legislative Council can be viewed
. His speech begins on page 3836 and is continued after an interruption on page 3850.
Earlier this month, around 700 people participated in this year's Walk and Rally for Life in Perth, calling for an end to abortion in the state. The organiser collected over 500 signatures on an open letter to Premier Colin Barnett calling for greater protection for the unborn in WA. Follow
for more information on the event.
Boswell bows out having 'fought the good fight'
· June 19, 2014 10:00 AM
One of the great parliamentary champions for families and the Judeo-Christian ethic, Ron Boswell (left), will leave the Senate next Thursday after 31 years.
His retirement will leave a big hole as he is a rare breed of principled public leader.
It is hard not to like the big man from Queensland.
He can be feisty in a debate but he has a heart of gold.
I know this because I had the privilege of working for him briefly as a staffer for eight months before I joined ACL.
ACL is of course non-party partisan but I hope you will indulge me because honour is due here.
I will have something to say in next week's blog about the good people from Labor who are leaving the Senate when their terms also end on June 30th.
But Ron has been a unique character.
Fiercely loyal to his beloved National party, having been mentored by former Queensland premier the late Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen, Ron is someone who had genuine respect from his political opponents.
This was evidenced by the large number of Labor and even Greens members (his most fearsome sparring partners) who were in the Senate chamber for his valedictory speech on Tuesday.
One of the few parliamentarians unashamed to stand up for the human rights of the unborn, he showed that causes unpopular with the media and political elites could be championed without jettisoning political credibility.
When the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development said in 2008 that Medicare funding of abortion was needed because the birth of disabled babies would be a drain on the disability services budget, Ron went to the defence of the defenceless.
In a speech to the Senate
, he said this was reminiscent of the "Hitler regime". It is hard to argue with that.
His Liberal Senate colleague, Alan Eggleston, resigned his membership of the PGP&D
in protest to the group’s submission
. Senator Eggleston, who also retires next week, was born with a condition that has left him short statured. He too will be missed.
Ron was a tireless champion for marriage and family and of course small business and primary industries.
I dropped by his Senate office an hour before his speech. "There'll be something in it for you guys", he said referring to the Christian constituency.
And in typical style Ron didn't disappoint.
There was hardly a dry eye when he told how much he missed his late son Stephen and then went on to say how he drew strength from God.
"In the Senate, I have always sought guidance and help from my God, and I acknowledge He has always had a guiding hand on my career. In the parliament of Australia, in the assembly of His people, I have always received constant help, and I offer my thanks."
I don't think Ron would mind me saying this, but I'd sometimes walk into his office and find him reading his Good News Bible, a permanent fixture on his desk.
He finished his speech quoting St Paul.
"My time of departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have run the race. I have kept the faith.’ Thank you very much. God bless and goodbye."
ACL is very grateful for parliamentarians like Ron Boswell. We wish him and Leita all God's blessings for their future.
A transcript and Youtube clip of Senator Boswell's speech is available
Love, Life & Liberty Seminar, Brisbane
· February 25, 2014 11:00 AM
Emily's Voice will be hosting a one-day seminar in Brisbane for those who want to change culture, support women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, or help those who are suffering as a result of pregnancy loss.
Keynote speakers will be:
Anne Lastman, Founder, Victims of Abortion:
In the past 17 years, Anne Lastman has assisted more than 1500 women who have suffered post-abortion grief. Having personally experienced the trauma of two abortions, and with professional qualifications in counselling, psychology and theology she is eminently qualified to speak and teach on grief and loss.
Paul O'Rourke, CEO, Emily's Voice:
Before joining Emily's Voice two years ago, Paul was CEO of Compassion Australia, a national child sponsorship and advocacy ministry. Paul has a Master's Degree in child development and a genuine desire to help Australians to fall in love with the unborn.
Helen Glen, Community Education Manager, Priceless Life Centre, Brisbane:
For almost 20 years, Helen Glen has been helping women with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Helen knows first hand the shock and stress of experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, and draws on her personal and professional experience to support women.
Date: Saturday 22 March 2014
Where: The Church at the Gabba, 859 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
Cost: $45 per person. Includes morning tea, lunch and a free copy of
Why Satan Hates Our Kids: How Children are Suffering and Why the Church Should Care
To register, go to
and search 'Life Seminar'.
Emily's Voice seeks to change culture through a relentless, innovative, truthful and sensitive media campaign that inspires Australians to fall in love with the unborn and support women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy.
For more information on the speakers and the event, visit the
Emily's Voice website.
Queensland Rally for Life, Saturday 22nd February
· February 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Join in this year's
Rally for Life
in Queensland and hear ACL's Wendy Francis speak on her personal experience of the blessings for all who choose life.
purpose of the rally is to send a strong message to the Queensland government that abortion should not be legalised in the state. Currently abortion is still illegal in the state for doctors and women unless a doctor believes a woman’s physical and/or mental health is in danger. Last year the Tasmanian government removed abortion from the criminal code into the health code which will make it easier to obtain an abortion in the state (see ACL’s media release
Sad Day for the Unborn in Tasmania
Also speaking at the Rally for Life event is Margaret Tighe and Tim Rushbrook. Margaret is president of Right to Life Australia and has played a prominent role in the campaign to uphold the right to life of all human beings. Tim is the father of a child with Downs Syndrome, the most targeted disability pre-birth.
Saturday 22nd February 2013
1.15pm Roby Curtis and Band;
2.00pm The main
Rally for Life
Queens Park, cnr William, Elizabeth & George Streets, Brisbane CBD
What to bring:
Your friends, relatives & children, hat, water, sunscreen, chair, rug, umbrella, donation towards rally costs
Expected finish time is 4pm. Only official placards allowed
Rally organisers are looking for people to help out on the day. All ages can volunteer and jobs will be allotted appropriately:
1. Helium balloon inflation (from 9am – 12 noon, any or all of this time appreciated)
2. Distribution of balloons to attendees (all ages can do this – gather balloons from tent and hand out)
3. Ticket counters – hand out a numbered ticket to attendees (all ages can do this)
4. Emu parade – walking around the park to collect any paper, water bottles etc. Gloves supplied. (there is usually next to nothing to collect luckily)
5. Water station – need 2 people for each of 2 stations to take the gold coin donations and hand out the bottles of water. Prefer if you can supply your own esky and ice. We will reimburse you for the ice upon receipt presentation. We will bring the bottles of water.
Donation bucket collectors.
Restricted to 15 yrs and up and subject to approval by CLQ. Marked buckets and identification headbands provided. Involves walking through the crowd with a collection bucket when asked from the stage. Buckets are to be signed in and signed out with photo ID presented both times. These donations ensure the longevity of the Rally.
– to ensure
follow instructions to remain on the grassed area etc.
If you're able to help out in any of these areas, please contact Cherish Life Queensland by phoning 3871 2445 or emailing
For more information, visit the
Rally for Life
MR: ACL welcomes Vic Liberal State Council decision supporting doctors’ conscience
· December 01, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Monday, December 2, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the motion passed by the Victorian Liberal State Council supporting an amendment to abortion laws to allow doctors’ conscience.
Yesterday’s motion to support the amendment of Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act to allow a health practitioner not to have to refer for abortions follows recent petitions seeking this amendment.
Petitions were tabled in the Legislative Assembly last week by a National, a Liberal and two Labor MPs’ with a total of 4,314 signatures. Furthermore an online
petition, seeking this same reform, has over 3,300 signatures.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn said the Liberal State Council motion is good policy that recognises freedom of conscience.
“The current effect of the referral element of Section 8 is to shut down conversations between the doctor and the patient that explore other options apart from abortion,” he said.
“This is evidenced by the plight of Dr. Mark Hobart who is currently under investigation by the Medical Board for failing to refer a woman for abortion in response to a request to abort a 19 week old unborn girl because she was a girl instead of a boy.
“The importance of conscience is not confined to abortion. In a healthy society, medical practitioners must be free to take into account matters of conscience in providing holistic patient care across the full range of medical services,” he said.
Mr Flynn said that the proposed amendment would not affect access to abortion in the state.
“Currently a woman doesn’t need a referral from a GP, unlike many other medical procedures, to access abortion in Victoria. This proposed amendment seeks to remove the requirement that health practitioners with a conscientious objection must refer a patient to someone they know does not have such an objection," he said.
“The Australian Christian Lobby urges politicians of all persuasions to make this sensible amendment so that Victorian medical practitioners are no longer forced to act against their consciences,” Mr Flynn said.
NSW lower house passes grevious bodily harm offence for unborn
· November 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Foetal rights bill Zoe’s Law today passed its first significant hurdle as the bill makes its way through the New South Wales Parliament. The bill was put to a conscience vote in the Legislative Assembly and was passed by a margin of 63 votes to 26.
Zoe’s Law seeks to extend the offence of grievous bodily harm to an unborn child. If the bill is passed by both houses of parliament, it would be the first time in NSW law that the separate personhood of an unborn child has been recognised in in confined circumstances.
The bill is named in honour of Zoe Donegan who was stillborn after her mother Brodie, then 36 weeks pregnant, was hit by a car.
Opponents of the bill have criticised it as an attack on abortion rights, despite the fact the bill explicitly has no impact on medical procedures.
Zoe's Law will now be sent to the Legislative Council where Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile will have carriage of the bill.
MR: Tas abortion legislation avoids difficult questions
· April 17, 2013 10:00 AM
17 April 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment the Tasmanian House of Assembly passed legislation to decriminalise abortion overnight.
Tasmanian Director Mark Brown asked why Labor MHAs supported the legislation despite acknowledging in their speeches that terminating a pregnancy was the hardest decision for a woman to make.
“If abortion is the most difficult decision for a woman to make and one not taken lightly, as a number of MHAs said last night, then why are we treating it like any other medical procedure? We’re talking about another life, not just a woman’s livelihood,” he said.
“Is it a decision a woman doesn’t want to make but which she feels she has no option to because of lack of support– whether financial, emotional or psychological? It takes courage for a woman to choose to keep her baby in these circumstances.
“Legislators have a duty and responsibility to address the issues of society and not avoid the hard and costly questions. If the support structure isn’t there for women to make the decision – then this is the issue MHAs should be addressing.
Mr Brown applauded opposition MHAs for voting against the legislation for its lack of process.
“There has been insufficient time and good process devoted to this bill. It has been rushed through without genuine consultation with the community,” he said.
Despite passing in the lower house, Mr Brown said ACL supporters will continue to fight the legislation and were hopeful the upper house would consider the impact the legislation would have on babies, women and families.
• On 8th March 2013 Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne announced details of her draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill. The draft legislation and discussion paper were open for consultation until March 22.
• Submissions to legislation extended to the 5th of April. Department received 2,050 submissions. Michelle O’Byrne said that 87 per cent of submissions were against abortion.
• 11th April Michelle O’Byrne tables bill and amends legislation to lower the age of unfettered abortion from 24 down to 16 weeks.
Abortion documentary 'The Choice' now available on DVD
· March 18, 2013 11:00 AM
Australian filmmaker Don Parham has released a documentary film on abortion entitled
interviews six individuals - five women and one man - about their own experiences of abortion. It delves into the complex issues surrounding abortion and gives an honest and non-judgmental perspective of the associated difficulties.
to purchase a copy of the DVD, and to watch the TV promotion.
ACL has long advocated to the rights of the unborn. It has recently launched a campaign encouraging Tasmanian residents to lobby their politicians against proposed legislation to decriminalise abortion in the state.
Go to ACL's
Make a Stand campaign page
for more information.
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