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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 01:17

The West's War Against Faith and Freedom

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The West developed largely as a result of the Judeo-Christian worldview, and it was known for centuries as the defender of free speech, as the defender of religious liberty, and as the defender of freedom of conscience, and so on. All that is unravelling right before our very eyes, and the West is quickly descending back into a new dark ages of repression and intolerance. It seems every time we open a newspaper or check out the evening news we have more cases of anti-Christian bigotry and the tolerance police in action.

Monday, 25 July 2016 07:38

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Monday, 18 July 2016 04:30

(Pro) Life Before Buffer Zones

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Guest post by Anne O'Dwyer. Anne is a Melbourne mother and grandmother who has been involved in many areas of pro-life work. In this article, she writes of her experiences at the Croydon abortion facility, where she witnessed faithfully for many years until "safe-access zones" were established in 2016: In 1998 David Grundmann brought his grisly late term abortion business to Croydon Victoria. At the time I was a volunteer with Right to life. Living close to the proposed facility, I was asked to form a small group to pray and offer help to the girls and women entering the facility. I had undertaken training in support of pregnant women and had worked on phone and face to face counselling on a volunteer basis since 1991. However, to actually see these girls and women at the coal face, sometimes accompanied by partners or family, on the point of actually taking this step to end the life they were carrying, had a deep affect.

Monday, 18 July 2016 04:22

Supporting an Imperfect Law

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As prolifers, we strive to have the law to protect all human beings from conception to natural death with no exceptions. In recent times, we have seen efforts to get the law to offer protection to some of the unborn. Rachel Carling-Jenkins introduced the Infant Viability Bill into Victorian Parliament. It would have protected babies after 24 weeks of pregnancy. It would not have affected babies before that age. The bill was defeated in the Victorian Upper House by a 27 to 11 vote. When the Victorian Parliament legalised abortion in 2008, Bernie Finn and Peter Kavanagh moved several amendments in attempts to reduce the damage done by the Victorian law. The Texas legislature recently passed a law requiring abortion facilities to have at least the same health standards as facilities doing other surgeries. Most of Texas’s abortion clinics would not have met these standards. Many closed, and others would have had to spend large amounts of money upgrading them. Women seeking abortions would have to travel much further to obtain an abortion and some would have second thoughts about having the abortion.

 

The US Supreme Court overturned the law by a 5-3 decision, on the grounds that it would have been too difficult for a woman to have an abortion. There have been other laws passed or submitted that would protect some lives. Several years ago, the US legislature passed a bill banning partial birth abortion. Because of a veto by President Clinton and later on rejection by the US Supreme Court, it was several years before the bill became law. The prolonged debate over the bill helped change the opinion of many, as the evil of this form of abortion is so obvious. More recently, bills have been passed in some US states to ban dismemberment abortion, the most common method used in the second trimester. While the bills will probably be rejected by the US Supreme Court, their efforts highlighted the brutality of abortion.

 

Undercover work by Lila Rose, who showed that Planned Parenthood(PP) covered up statutory rape of underage girls, and David Daleiden, who exposed PP’s illegal profits from sale of body parts of unborn babies, some states have stopped providing funds to PP. The adverse publicity to Planned Parenthood may also dissuade some women from seeking abortions. Clearly, the above proposed laws were imperfect as they would only save some unborn babies. This raised the question Can we support such laws? In Evangelium vitae (article 73) St John Paul wrote: In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to "take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it". A particular problem of conscience can arise in cases where a legislative vote would be decisive for the passage of a more restrictive law, aimed at limiting the number of authorized abortions, in place of a more permissive law already passed or ready to be voted on. Such cases are not infrequent. It is a fact that while in some parts of the world there continue to be campaigns to introduce laws favouring abortion, often supported by powerful international organizations, in other nations--particularly those which have already experienced the bitter fruits of such permissive legislation--there are growing signs of a rethinking in this matter. In a case like the one just mentioned, when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality.

 

This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects. I have no doubt that most of those voting or campaigning against the above laws, believed the proponents of the law were against all abortions. Certainly, Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote Supreme Court decision overturning the Texas law, saw it as an attempt to reduce the number of abortions. While the statement of St John Paul can be considered his personal opinion, his opinion is enough for me from a moral point of view. Another consideration may be one of prudence. There is the danger that reaction against attempts to ban some abortions may stir up opponents to produce even worse laws. It is not easy to think of worse laws than those in Victoria at present. California has recently passed laws that require all hospitals to perform abortions, and there are attempts to require all obstetrician-gynaecologists to perform abortions.

 

Obviously, we have to fight these attempts. Most pro-abortion people want us to accept abortion as a settled issue. Lila Rose recently pointed out that our struggle can help change the culture.

 

“We need to expose and defund the abortion industry,” she said. “As long as Planned Parenthood is being propped up by taxpayer dollars, they have power that they shouldn’t have.” “But first and foremost, the battle is the culture,” she said. “And that’s actually where it’s very inspiring and encouraging because many people are being persuaded.” “When you actually give people the facts, when you approach them with love—but with truth--people do flip on the pro-life issue,” she said.

 

If we save one life, our efforts are worth it.

 

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants have saved many babies, as have the volunteers at Pregnancy Counselling Centres. There is no doubt that Lila Rose and David Daleiden and others are doing their part to change the culture. It is up to us to do our best to follow suit.

 Last year, the world was shocked by a series of undercover videos which showed the relationship between abortion giant Planned Parenthood and human tissue providers. The videos, made by the Centre for Medical Progress, brought to light the ethical and legal ramifications of using aborted foetal tissue for research purposes, and eventually led to a congressional hearing, the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. As in the US, the practice of using aborted fetuses for research is legal in Australia, although it is subject to various limitations, but it is unlikely that the majority of Australians know about the extent or frequency of its occurrence.

Monday, 27 June 2016 05:04

Harm Minimisation

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I have a friend who has worked assiduously for many years to expose the dangers of pursuing a harm minimisation approach in regard to illicit drugs. I am sure he has been greatly motivated by the experience of losing a son to this evil.

Imagine my surprise when reading the latest issue of The Economist magazine to see that the concept of harm minimisation has been applied by that journal to the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM). If you don’t believe me, click here:

In a Leader article they argue “It is therefore time to consider a new approach. Instead of trying to stamp FGM out entirely, governments should ban the worst forms, permit those that cause no lasting harm and try to persuade parents to choose the least nasty version, or none at all.”

Monday, 27 June 2016 04:47

Right to Choose

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Not only does a pregnant mother have a right to choose, as a moral being she has a duty to choose: to choose life over death for her baby.....another human being.

In Victoria, if a 20 weeks old child in the mother’s womb is killed in an accident such as car accidents, they are recorded as a death statistic. Meaning a live person is now dead. Consequently I still cannot see why a doctor would kill off a 20/24 week viable child rather than see it adopted out. My understanding of Doctors is that they should do 'no harm'. Killing off a viable baby clearly is harm. In fact it is murder.
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