I hate to hog the blog but it's Danielle here and everyone who lives in Victoria needs to pay attention to this abortion law debate. It's key that we make our voices heard...
The New proposed Abortion Law 2008 includes:
ABORTION ON DEMAND
The bill allows abortion on demand up to 24 weeks and allows abortion up to 9 months (as long as it is not born first!), if 2 doctors agree it is appropriate on medical grounds and with regard to "the woman's current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances."
The media expect the Bill to be passed but as Paul Austin said in the Age on Thursday 21st August, “Brumby’s soothing words about the legislation being nothing more than removing criminal codes should not mask that this bill is very liberal. It is not hard to see why anti-abortionists say it amounts to “open slather” And the concerns expressed by Brumby’s cabinet colleagues James Merlino and Nationals leader Peter Ryan among others, that it will mean more abortions cannot be easily dismissed.” p17
We, as Victorians, have a very serious choice and a short window of opportunity. Will you stay silent or defend the sacredness of the gift of life? Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." The shedding of innocent blood is a serious spiritual act that defiles the land and brings curses on our nation. Only the blood of Christ washes away the shed blood of the innocent. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
BECOME AWARE OF THE ISSUES
1. Read Herald Sun, Mirko Bagaric, August 19, 2008.
“Abortion numbers in Australia are estimated at around 90,000 annually. This compares with around 250,000 births. Thus, more than a quarter of all pregnancies are terminated.
· At 24 weeks the embryo has individuality and uniqueness, and the building blocks for the development of life.
· There is no logical difference between a 24-week embryo and a new-born child.
· The only quality that a 24-week embryo lacks, by virtue of it being in the womb, is the capacity to tug at the emotional heartstrings of the mother.
· It can't plead for its life.
The indecency of the human condition is rarely more obvious than in relation to our willingness to exterminate humans simply because they can't beg to not be destroyed.
It is repugnant to suggest that whether a being enjoys the most cardinal right of all - to life - should depend on the whim of another person.”
Mirko Bagaric is a professor of law at Deakin University and author of "Being Happy and Dealing with Moral Dilemmas".
2. Babies are fully formed at 24 weeks
Many babies are born and healthy at 24 weeks.
In Victoria, babies spontaneously born or through termination after 20 weeks' gestation are registered and a death certificate is completed.
3. Women having an abortion are not told of the possible emotional or physical consequences for themselves.
See video of the story of one such woman: Salt Shakers,
5. There are many abortion myths being pushed.
See article tackling these myths: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2008/08/17/abortion-myths/
6. More information: www.billmuehlenberg.com/category/ethics/abortion/
HOW WE CAN RESPOND
There are actions each of us can take to stop this Bill. Kirsten Jack, from Coalition Against Decriminalisation of Abortion has suggested some practical things we can do. Which will you do?
1. Visit or Write to your politician
Premier John Brumby, Health Minister Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu are backing the bill. Industry and Trade Minister Theo Theophanous and Sport Minister James Merlino oppose the reforms. Several prominent Coalition MPs, including Nationals leader Peter Ryan and Liberals Terry Mulder, Robert Clark and Kim Wells, will vote against the bill. Six other ministers - Rob Hulls, Bob Cameron, Joe Helper, John Lenders, Justin Madden and Tony Robinson - have yet to declare their hands. Help to persuade them.
(List of MPs)
3. Pass this info on to your friends and colleagues.
4. Write to Herald Sun
5. Do something creative that will influence the politicians.
6. Be Reflective. Hold compassionately the needs of parents, children and the medical profession. Hold sacredly the value of each child’s life- even of those whose life is tenuous and brief - the gift of naming, touching, honoring, shared pain, grief and remembering. Contrast this with the silent shame, guilt and grief for denied children who have been disposed of as unwanted material.
Pray for the will of our Father; proclaim the authority and righteousness of Jesus and warfare against the deceitful, murderous schemes of the enemy.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8