August 4th 2007

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EDITORIAL: Solving the housing crisis

NATIONAL SECURITY: The lessons of the Dr Haneef case

CANBERRA AFFAIRS: Will Liberals dump Howard before election?

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Call for industry policy debate

PORNOGRAPHY: Canberra drags its feet over internet porn

FAMILY: Group marriage on the way

VICTORIA: No more abortions, please

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Bring back King Canute / The entertainers / Broadcaster's bias / Regime changes in Turkey and Pakistan?

SPECIAL FEATURE: Postmodern science - a contradiction in terms

VIETNAM: Economic tiger, political laggard

GLOBAL WARMING: Hosting a hog roast to promote vegetarianism

OBITUARY: A born leader and exemplary Christian - Peter Keogh (1931-2007)

Tough anti-terror laws needed (letter)

Collective bargaining hypocrisy (letter)

Rudd on grocery and housing prices (letter)

Young couples without homes (letter)

First home unaffordable (letter)

Young people deprived by technology (letter)

Film's Christian theme? (letter)


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No more abortions, please

by David Perrin

News Weekly, August 4, 2007
Most Australians think there are too many abortions, argues David Perrin.

Most Australians think there are too many abortions at present, according to recent opinion surveys.

Recent proposals to remove abortion from the Victorian Crimes Act are going to encourage more mothers to have abortions, so these moves are flying in the face of public opinion.

Many mothers who have abortions later experience great psychological trauma that has devastating consequences lasting many years, so why increase the incidence of abortions?

We all need to support vulnerable women in their time of crisis.

The reason why abortion was legislated in the Crimes Act in the first place was the understanding that abortion killed a baby and that this is a crime, whether outlawed by Parliament or not.

Removing abortion from the Crimes Act signifies that killing unborn children is supported and encouraged by Parliament, and thereby removes from every unborn child up to birth any remaining legal protection.

This will eventually have an impact on other areas of legislation which deal with such things as the killing or maiming of unborn children, car accidents or mothers ingesting toxic substances.

Mixed message

Parliament is sending a message to the courts that unborn children have no worth.

Unfortunately, in today's Australia, children are not seen as valuable when proposals such as these come to the fore.

But it is even worse than this, because abortionists — who, by their own admission, are widely despised in the medical profession — will be given free rein without fear of prosecution.

There are also some grossly incompetent abortionists in Australia — worse than the so-called backyard abortionists of yesteryear about whom we're constantly admonished.

And abortion is indeed an industry, with more than 90,000 abortions performed every year in Australia.

One abortionist in Sydney last year was acquitted of a manslaughter charge resulting from a late-term abortion, when the baby was born alive but died a few hours later.

Abortions in the past have rendered mothers infertile and liable to miscarry in later pregnancies.

In addition, abortionists do not warn vulnerable mothers who come in for abortions of the proven link between abortion and breast cancer.

Just imagine what it will be like for the abortion butchers when there is no crime in the Crimes Act.

Since abortion was normalised in Australia in the early 1970s, about 3 million babies have been aborted.

This approximates to one primary school of children being obliterated every single day.

So next time you pass a primary school, stop and remind yourself: "The equivalent of all these children was aborted today — and it's going to get worse."

Many women testify that they have been able to resist the pressures to have an abortion because abortion was illegal. Other women who have had abortions now acknowledge that the current weak laws should be strengthened in order to assist them to resist abortion pressure.

But now these women will have this reason taken away from them. In fact, at present abortionists can facilitate abortions at short notice with hardly any time for women to have second thoughts or consider alternatives.

Currently, if a woman seeks help from a pro-abortion counsellor or an abortionist, she is routinely encouraged to have an abortion.

Few agencies actually help women to keep their baby and support them in their immediate needs. Such agencies are usually associated with religious groups and assist women in a wide variety of needs from counselling to baby items and money.

Those bent on removing abortion from the Victorian Crimes Act are political ideologues whose views on abortion were well known before they ever entered Parliament, so their minds are already made up. These ideologues are clearly present in all the major political parties.

However, other parliamentarians may be open to persuasion to vote against the current proposals. For this reason, pro-life people are encouraged to approach both their lower house and upper house parliamentarians to urge them strongly to vote against the proposals.


Pro-life people can increase their effectiveness in each electorate by organising deputations to visit their MPs — and advising their local papers why they are doing so.

It is important to be clear and unequivocal that we want the laws to be tightened, not loosened, so that abortion substantially decreases.

We should make our voices heard, because the majority of Australians are with us.

— David Perrin is the national president of the Australian Family Association, and a former Victorian state MP.

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