In recent times there has been a trend by our Australian politicians in our state parliaments to vote in, without much public consultation radical changes to our abortion laws.
In Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT abortions can now be legally performed up until birth. These “abortion reform” bills as they are spun are passed through conscience votes, this means that the public at election time does not know if they vote for their local Liberal or Labor candidate if they voting for a pro-abortion or pro-life candidate. Therefore abortion is rarely discussed at election time.
In the New South Wales state election held only in March this year, which re-elected the Gladys Berejiklian led Liberal National Coalition abortion law reform was not discussed.
But four months after the election a secretly drafted abortion law reform bill has been sprung upon the people of New South Wales. The bill was set to be introduced and voted on in the parliament by Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich.
This bill like those passed in other states allows for abortions to be performed until birth as long as two doctors sign off on it. Abortion up to 22 weeks can be performed for any reason.
It had the support of 14 other co-sponsors including Premier Berejiklian, her Deputy and Nationals Leader John Barilaro and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Following Greenwich’s announcement with Minister Hazzard on Sunday July 28 a revolt from conservative Liberal MPs came to a head during a party room meeting on Tuesday. The outcome was Premier Berejiklian agreed to allow more time for consideration and consultation on the bill.
It has allowed the strong NSW pro-life movement who had also been blindsided by the sudden announcement of this abortion bill to mobilise outside the NSW Parliament to express their opposition.
Right to Life NSW held their first demonstration outside the NSW Parliament on August 1 and have been there every day this week as the bill is being debated.
Senior conservatives in the Liberal Party have made voices of concern heard on the bill, the most high profile was Treasurer Dominic Perrottet who published an op-ed in the Sydney Daily Telegraph stating that the right to life was fundamental. Others speaking out include Finance Minister Damien Tudehope and former Minister for Women Tanya Davies.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce who had a very public unplanned pregnancy with his new partner Vikki Campion has been operating an online campaign against the bill. His Support Life petition has nearly reached 20,000 signatures.
Sydney’s local print and broadcast media have also been heavily scrutinizing the bill. It appears that the pro-abortion lobby’s strategy of ramming this bill quickly and without debate through the parliament has backfired.
In the last parliament pro-abortionists managed to pass 150 metre exclusion zones outside abortion clinics which prevent pro-life activists handing out information to women entering the clinic considering an abortion. But they are finding getting their way a bit more difficult this time.
Currently the state’s Legislative Assembly is debating and voting on some 19 amendments to the abortion bill designed to reign in it’s more extreme elements.
New South Wales is vastly gaining the reputation as Australia’s most conservative state. It had the lowest yes vote of the Marriage Law Postal Survey and is home to the most people of religious faith and multicultural background who are culturally conservative.
New South Wales is providing one last stand against our abortion culture. On average 80,000 abortions are performed each year in Australia out of a population of 25 million. The conversation is never about that we have an abortion epidemic and we need to reduce this high number.
It instead is about making it easier for more abortions to be performed. That is what federal Labor promised last election for all abortions to be taxpayer funded and able to be performed in public hospitals.
The struggle to protect life is not just confined to New South Wales at the moment. A bill to legalize euthanasia in Western Australia has been fast tracked by the McGowan Labor Government. It has the support of Liberal Opposition leader Liza Harvey and conservative Liberal MPs have promised not to filibuster it.
Western Australia’s passing for euthanasia would make it the second state in the nation to legalize the practice of state sanctioned killing. The first person in Victoria successful took her own life under newly enacted laws.
In New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is spearheading a bill to legalizing abortion up until birth as long as two doctors sign off on it, and for any reason up to 20 weeks. It passed the first reading 94 votes to 23 today.
The culture of death seems determined to continue to sweep over Australia and across the Tasman. Battles have been consistently lost on abortion and euthanasia throughout Australia. But the dedicated activism outside the NSW Parliament has demonstrated no matter the defeats, when life is at stake you can never give up and despair.