Thousands of people turned out to protest against an extreme abortion bill in Sydney on Tuesday evening.
Martin Place was chocked full of pro-life supporters, with the crowd estimated to be between 3,000 – 5000 people.
It came after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian backed down from rushing the legislation through parliament after a severe backlash from Liberal colleagues. That means the legislation will not pass the upper house before September 17.
The legislation seeks to wind back very limited protections that are currently afforded to the unborn and undermines their humanity.
Unborn babies can suck their thumb, make facial expressions, produce tears, sense touch, distinguish languages and respond to music and sounds. They are not “clumps of cells” but unique human lives.
Scientific evidence proves that babies feel the excruciating pain of abortion and mothers frequently report physical harm and mental anguish following the procedure.
Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher described the legislation as a “shameful ‘kill bill’”.
He said that “people were ashamed of this bill is evident in the fact that they did not want any public discussion or debate or even for the parliamentarians to have their say.”
“We can convince our leaders to build a civilisation of life and love. We love every human being from the beginning to end and everything in between,” he added.
Rachael Wong , Managing Director of Women’s Forum Australia, said she is so happy to see so many people standing strong for unborn children and their mothers – the two victims of every abortion.
“But I cannot say that I am happy to be here. I am appalled, angry and heartbroken at what has taken place in our state over the past few weeks. I am appalled at the utter abuse of process that has surrounded this bill.
“The manner in which it has been rammed through parliament has clearly been aimed to suppress rather than promote democratic debate and discussion around a fundamentally important issue”, she said.
NSW MP Kevin Conolly also spoke.
“We’re not finished yet. There are thousands here. It is wonderful to see you. And you can be heard in the chamber right now,” he said.
He urged pro-lifers to continue their efforts.
“But you have to be heard over the next three weeks as well.
“You have that time to make yourself heard. You have to do that.”
FamilyVoice recently hosted a well-attended anti-prostitution forum.
SA Director David d’Lima is encouraging supporters to contact their local MP and urge rejection of the prostitution bill, which reads like a wish list for pimps and brothel owners.
David has broadcast about the issue locally on radio Life FM and nationally on Vision Radio addressing concerns about the proposed legislation. Additionally, South Australia’s Sunday Mail newspaper published his concerns as follows:
Endorsement of the sex trade in the Editorial (Sunday Mail 7/7/19) is doubtless motivated by concern for the safety and security of sex workers. But, according to the front page report (“Bikie sex trade bid”), the possibility of decriminalising prostitution is already arousing the interest of outlaws. Offenders linked to prostitution will not suddenly become law-abiding citizens if the state commends sex work.
The proposed change would simply create legal and illegal prostitution, utterly undermining the ability of police to minimise every illegality associated with the trade. A better change would require more sensitive policing along with curtailing the purchase of sex.
Then again in The Advertiser of 8 August, 2019:
Commissioner Grant Stevens rightly insists any change to prostitution law must preserve the power of police to deal with illegality associated with brothels (“Fight for brothel search powers”, The Advertiser, yesterday).
The constabulary should hold no moral opinion. But it must firmly express a view about policing drug use, under-age sex, trafficking and other illegalities which seem linked inextricably to so-called sex work.
But it would be a grave mistake if MPs improve the draft legislation simply to secure its passage. The proposal must be defeated on principle.
Loving parents (including MPs) would never wish to see their daughters lawfully entering this inherently damaging and degrading sex industry.
FamilyVoice is working with other groups to expose the dangers of this Bill.
Debate on the prostitution bill is scheduled soon in the Lower House, where it will receive strong rejection by local MPs if enough good-hearted people take time to raise their concerns.
A bus driver in the UK has been suspended for refusing to drive a bus emblazoned with LGBT propaganda.
The driver is reported to have told passengers that he is “not driving this bus because it promotes homosexuality”.
The driver asked passengers to “wait a minute” while he changed to a bus which did not feature the political LGBT “pride” colours.
A passenger lodged a complaint and subsequently took to Twitter to bemoan the driver exercising his freedom of conscience.
“Today I was waiting for the 501 bus to Thickthorn and we were told by the driver we had to wait for him to swap buses as 'this bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it' due to the multicoloured '501' sign. Norwich doesn't appreciate homophobia”, the woman tweeted.
Konectbus threw the driver under the bus, so to speak, replying on social media that: “As a company we do not condone any behaviour from our drivers that does not support this view. The driver involved in this incident has been suspended and a full investigation is underway.”
Christian Concern, a UK-based group which advocates for persecuted Christians, attacked the decision.
“The decision of the Supreme Court in [the] Ashers Bakery case has made it clear that everyone is entitled to refuse to promote a message they disagree with — be that by baking a cake, driving a bus, or in whatever other way”, said Andrea Williams.
“So long as the driver's objection was to the message, not to the messenger, he has not discriminated against anyone and has broken no law.
“If the driver's objection to the rainbow colours was based on his religious or philosophical beliefs, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against him because of those beliefs,” said Williams.
Meanwhile, a petition defending the driver has received over 16,000 signatories.
Earlier this year a Tennessee bill to protect unborn children once a heartbeat is detected failed to pass.
But now lawmakers are considering providing more comprehensive protection for the unborn.
If the new legislation passes, babies will be protected from the moment their mothers discover they are pregnant.
The move comes as a number of US states have passed legislation to recognise the rights of the unborn.
So far in 2019, six US states have passed “heartbeat” bills, which protect the right to life of the unborn once a heartbeat can be detected. Those states are Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio.
Missouri passed legislation which protects the unborn from eight weeks and Alabama has implemented an almost complete ban on abortion.
American pro-life advocate Lila Rose said that she is so proud of Tennessee “moving to protect the basic right to live of every child”.
I was terribly sad to read that a Victorian mum has become the first person to fall victim to the state’s new retrograde euthanasia laws.
Kerry Robertson, 61, suicided by lethal poison at a nursing home in Bendigo on July 15 having battled breast cancer for almost a decade.
She was the first person to be granted the permit in Victoria, having visited her specialist the day legislation came into effect.
This is a tragedy, but it isn’t shocking. Especially when we consider the direction public opinion has been heading in recent times in relation to end of life matters.
You see, our culture has become used to the glorification of death. Many now believe that to assist a person to commit suicide is somehow an “empowering” experience.
What I find most illogical about the situation is that we have media promoting suicide prevention awareness campaigns at the same time they are actively promoting euthanasia.
As a society, we need to seriously question this glaring hypocrisy.
Back in 2017, I had the pleasure of interviewing US doctor William Toffler of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) when he touched down in Australia for a whirlwind speaking tour.
Dr Toffler is a practicing doctor in the state of Oregon where euthanasia has been legal for over 20 years.
I asked Dr Toffler whether he saw a conflict between suicide prevention and euthanasia.
"There's clearly a conflict between suicide prevention which I'm not only entrusted to do, I'm empowered if I can’t keep a person safe from themselves to even put them in the hospital against their will to protect them.
"So here we now are empowering doctors to do exactly the opposite under the circumstances of labelling someone 'terminal'. I'm now empowered to give massive overdoses so they can kill themselves. I'm essentially a helper in suicides.
"In Oregon, this has clearly eroded the protection for people with suicidal ideations and desires and in fact, we have no money now going to suicide prevention programs.
"The suicide rate in Oregon has gone up. It was above the national average before passage of assisted suicide. And now it's going up at a rate even faster.
"Now I can't prove cause and effect. On the other hand, it's not reassuring if people think by legalizing assisted suicide that you somehow decrease non-assisted suicide rates.
"The states of Oregon and Washington both undermine that argument. And I've literally heard people espouse such an argument that somehow by legalizing and regulating it that you would have less of it.
"We actually have a phenomenon that news reporters here in Australia know very well. Suicide can be contagious. So at the end of the article about the tragedy of the three people killing themselves in Queensland, there's a note saying if you feel depressed and you need help, call this number. And of course we're doing that because we care and value lives and we don't want to encourage suicide as the solution to suffering.
"Never has the solution to suffering been to end the life of the sufferer.
"We need to redouble our efforts to help with pain management, we need to get consultation from palliative care, we need to invoke a transition from curative care to comfort care but care's always there. We should emphasize care, not killing."
Euthanasia, contrary to popular belief, is not purely a personal choice. By definition it requires at least one other person to assist and a social commitment not to prosecute those who do assist.
It goes without saying that euthanasia affects society as a whole. The bottom line is that it effectively turns doctors into killers, not caregivers.
It is very difficult to be a caregiver one day and a killer the next. Legalising euthanasia creates an insurmountable moral and ethical dilemma. As with forced abortion referrals in Queensland, many doctors will be forced to leave the profession when so-called “medical care” compels them to refer patients to their premature death.
This cultural push towards killing must be stopped in its tracks.
Caleb is in charge of Digital Communications & Media at FamilyVoice.
Prior to working fulltime with FamilyVoice, Caleb was an investigative journalist, ghostwriter, commentator and editor for some of the largest news outlets in the United States, Israel and Australia.
Outside of FamilyVoice, Caleb enjoys working with youth and the homeless and is an emergency services volunteer.
FamilyVoice Australia upholds Christian values and the family: permanence of marriage, sanctity of human life, primacy of parenthood and limited government.
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