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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:42

Babies - Free Game in Under 100 Words!

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Not One, But Two Abortion Bills!

Before the bi-partisan Parliamentary Committee had even reached their deadline to reveal their findings, Rob Pyne was at it again – this time putting forward a bill under “Health”, the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Act 2016 Using all the usual cunning of the pro-abortion lobby, 29 November last year saw Pyne move a motion to have both his bills debated together. With the help of the vote from Peter Wellington, Speaker Member for Nicklin, the motion was passed. The first bill had allowed no conscience clauses for medical staff not wishing to participate in the taking of innocent preborn lives, nor any safeguards, such as counselling, for the pregnant mothers. This had actually worked against Pyne as many in the community, once alerted to this fact, were against the bill, as were many politicians. So when the second bill was put forward, some wrongly breathed a sigh of misguided relief saying at least now there were some “safeguards”.   The grave danger that this has caused is that it sets up a mentality of “well, at least this bill has some safeguards” for those who were wavering on their opinion of the first one!

No Safeguards for Women or Babies

Let’s just look at two of those “safeguards” in the second bill. It states that anyone who is not a registered health practitioner cannot perform an abortion, but that this does not apply to the woman herself who can undertake or assist in her own abortion. Another “safeguard” included in this second bill, should the pregnant mother be over 24 weeks gestation, is that the abortionist should consult with another doctor re the ‘need’ for the abortion, however, should he not do that, it is not an offence! The report on the findings from the Health Committee are due on March 1, however, this could occur earlier when Parliament resits after the Christmas break in mid-February. Queensland often comes under a lot of pressure to come “into line with the southern states” but this is one area where we should run a mile from doing so. The Parliamentary Committee handed down a finding of recommending the first bill, the Abortion Law Reform (Woman's Right to Choose) Amendment Bill 2016, NOT be passed. We hope and pray that this will be the finding of the Health Committee tasked with the second bill.  

Teresa Martin

Pro-life veteran

Teresa was blessed to be born into a large family in north Queensland. Her parents accepted children as God sent them – this was one of the first untaught, but rather ‘caught’ life lesson which imparted God’s truth and plan for love and life. Much pro-life material was in evidence in the family home with her mother being an active member of a number of pro-life organisations but Teresa recalls one particular moment that cemented an already entrenched love for God’s precious infants. Upon reading the Prayer of Spiritual Adoption in her church bulletin in her teenage years, her heart melted with a desire to protect preborn babies.

Marrying and having her own children, as they got older, Teresa stepped up her involvement with the pro-life movement becoming the School Educator for Queensland Right to Life (now Cherish Life Queensland) for seven years before she was voted in as State President, a position she held for ten years. One of Teresa’s very proud achievements is walking the entire Camino from St Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostella, Spain in 33 days in 2015 praying for the pro-life cause along the way.