Former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has slammed a NSW abortion bill, saying that “two doctors does not equal God”.
“Just because they’re doctors does not mean they have a right to determine whether a healthy person lives or dies,” he said.
The bill before the NSW Parliament would permit abortion on request up until 22 weeks. After 22 weeks, abortion would be allowed right up until birth with the consent of two doctors on the basis of very loose criteria.
There is no cooling-off period and doctors will be forced to refer a woman for an abortion, robbing them of their freedom of conscience.
Joyce has previously spoken out against the bill, invoking his new born son Tom.
“On 1 June Vikki's and my son Tom took his first breath,” Joyce said in a recent speech in parliament.
“This was not the start of his life. The reality is that he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another.
“The hour of birth is an arbitrary point in modern medicine, within a range of two to three months. His birth, to Tom, did not endow him with greater meaning as a person. As parents we had no lesser responsibilities than when Tom left the hospital, being totally reliant on our nurturing and protection.
“Inside the womb, Tom kicked, punched, grabbed his umbilical cord, felt pain, slept and dreamed. With ultrasound, he was most certainly seen in real human form. To say he didn't have the rights of other human life is to say he must have been subhuman,” he said.
Religious leaders have also criticised the bill, including Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.
“New attempts to make abortion even more widely available in NSW are deeply troubling,” he said.
“The measure of a society is how it protects its most vulnerable, be they unborn children, their mothers who are too often pressured emotionally, financially and even physically to choose against the life of their child, or the sick and frail elderly.”
A bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW has been slammed by church leaders.
“The bill is a bad one”, said Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher. “It will require Catholic (and other) doctors and hospitals to collaborate by either taking part in the abortion or referring patients to someone who will.”
He said it is yet another attack upon the rights of people of faith and fails women.
“Worst of all, it does absolutely nothing to provide alternatives for women distressed about being pregnant who often feel they have ‘no other option’. It is the dream bill of the abortion industry, which they have already pressed upon other several states; but it will leave unborn children and unsupported pregnant women even more at risk.”
Archbishop Fisher encouraged people to contact their local MPs to make sure their voice is heard.
Likewise, Archbishop Makarios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, has criticised the legislation.
“The Orthodox Christian Faith and Tradition unequivocally teach that life begins form the first time of conception, that the life of the unborn is sacred and infinitely valued by God, and therefore must be considered with the same dignity and worth we enjoy ourselves,” he said.
“Tragically, the right to life of the indefensible unborn child is increasingly violated despite the protection and advancement of many other rights.”
Archbishop Makarios said NSW MPs should support pregnant mothers by offering alternatives to abortion.
A Christian who was wrongfully arrested for street preaching has been awarded a payout by Scotland Yard.
Oluwole Ilesanmi, a retired dentist aged 64, was preaching outside Southgate Tube station in London at earlier this year.
The Daily Mail reports:
A passer-by had earlier called police and accused Mr Ilesanmi of hate speech.
He admits to having described Islam as an ‘aberration’ but insists he was simply expressing his point of view as a Christian rather than denigrating Muslims.
One of the police officers claimed Mr Ilesanmi was disturbing the peace, saying: ‘No one wants to hear that. They want you to go away.’
A video of the incident taken by a passer-by shows the policeman taking the Bible away, to Mr Ilesanmi’s visible distress.
One of the officers then says: ‘You should’ve thought about that before being racist.’
He was handcuffed before the officer gave a thumbs-up to the camera. Mr Ilesanmi was then bundled into a police car and driven several miles away. There the grandfather was ‘de-arrested’ and let out of the car.
According to Christian Concern, a group which defends persecuted Christians, Mr Ilesanmi has been preaching in Southgate and elsewhere around Greater London for eight years.
Christian Concern reported that after his arrest, Oluwole said “that he was then put into a police car and his Bible was thrown into the back of the vehicle. Still cuffed and in pain, he was taken a short distance to Southgate Police Station. He was not brought into the station, but instead was taken out of the car and searched. They found nothing, but as he said he didn’t want to go home, the Police officers drove him to an unfamiliar location miles from his home and de-arrested him.”
“I believe God loves everyone, including Muslims, but I have the right to say I that I don’t agree with Islam – we are living in a Christian country, after all,” said Mr Ilesanmi.
“I was upset when they took away my Bible. They just threw it in the police car. They would never have done that if it had been the Koran. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?”.
Scotland Yard agreed to pay Mr Ilesanmi £2,500 for wrongful arrest.
Christian Concern said that Christians should be free to preach on the streets of the nation without suppression.
FamilyVoice Australia MEDIA RELEASE 30 July 2019
Christian advocacy organisation FamilyVoice Australia is urging MPs to vote against the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 set to be introduced in NSW Parliament this week.
“All life, whether born or unborn, holds intrinsic value and worth. Unborn babies should not be treated as any less human just because they have not yet passed through the birth canal,” FamilyVoice NSW Director Greg Bondar said.
“We urge both sides of the government to exert proper parliamentary scrutiny on a bill of extreme significance to human life and worth," Mr Bondar said.
“Any move to suspend normal parliamentary process, including committee scrutiny, fails to give the NSW public and their representative MPs the ability to voice concerns.
“Scientific evidence proves that babies feel the excruciating pain of abortion and mothers frequently report physical harm and mental anguish following the procedure.
“In any abortion, it’s not just the child that dies in its mother's womb. Especially in late term abortions, something else dies in the mother's heart.
“We are concerned that this bill opens up abortion to sex selection.
“Parliament must recognise the significant medical advancements that have reduced the age of surviving premature birth to about 22 weeks which is a clear indication of the child's full humanity.
“Australian laws must defend the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death. It must work to protect the most vulnerable in society – the unborn child.”
For more information, contact Greg Bondar on 0411 854 115.
Christian advocacy group FamilyVoice Australia is disappointed media company Ooh has buckled under pressure from an activist minority by scrapping the Emily’s Voice billboard from the Pacific Highway in Belmont, NSW.
The billboard featuring a woman’s hands creating a love heart symbol around her belly read: “A heart beats at four weeks.”
“Nothing on that billboard remotely hints of the abortion process, condemning words or graphic illustrations,” said FamilyVoice NSW State Director Greg Bondar.
“The billboard message positively stated an unborn baby has a heartbeat 22 days from conception – a scientifically accurate statement,” Mr Bondar said.
“This action by a commercial organisation amounts to blatant discrimination against mums and dad who celebrate conception, unborn life and the birth of a child.
"Despite pressure from a vocal pro-abortion minority, most people greatly appreciate the billboard reminder of the goodness of pregnancy and the humanity of the unborn."
For more information, contact Greg Bondar on 0411 854 115.
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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