Friday, January 25, 2008

Movies, real life and babies...

In light of the report below from the Australian Christian Lobby you may want to check out JUNO, the movie. Great pro-life take.
Abortion battle continues...

Still in Victoria, the battle over the Government’s plans to legalise abortion continues with prominent proponents of late-term abortion pushing the agenda in a disturbing article in this week’s Herald Sun.

Dr Lachlan de Crespigny and Oxford ethicist Prof Julian Savulescu use an extreme example as well as misinformation such as statements like “Abortion is the equivalent to ceasing treatment after birth” to push for decriminalisation.

It is appalling to see this push for easier access to late-term abortions – particularly when you consider that by 24 weeks a baby is nearly completely formed and by 27-28 weeks s/he would have a 75%-85% chance of survival if born.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission will hand down a report on legalising abortion in late March and this will be considered by Parliament in mid April.

On the topic of abortion, this week saw thousands of anti-abortion protestors rally in Washington to mark the 35th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalise the procedure in the US through the Roe versus Wade abortion ruling. The debate about abortion in the US is high on the political agenda of that nation as it enters a presidential election year.


Anonymous said...

For those considering health related abortion... If you had a perfectly healthy baby and on the way home in the car were involved in a crash that caused the baby to become disabled, would you ask that the child be put out of their(your) "misery"? Why is a before birth child treated differently? Where do you draw the line? How much life is a lifetime worth holding onto? 5yrs ? 10? If you knew you would watch your child die in agony at 32 would you abort? Think about it...

jsi said...

It is always striking to me to hear arguments supporting abortion from people who categorize themselves as "ethicists." There are no elevated ethics that can remove the tragedy from abortion.
Legalization and decriminalization can never remove the dramatic knowledge and awareness that a beating heart is forcibly stopped. Legalization and decriminalization will never remove the pain and loss, long after a "procedure has healed" the ache remains. Too many women express the same encounter - ache, awareness, guilt. Abortion is not a solution, it is a compounding encounter, that will remain for years.
That needs to be debated upon the floor of Parliment and Congress and every corner that develops laws and policy.
The only reason that there are people available to have a rebuttal is because their opportunity for life was protected, even if only for a short time.
I am praying for you and your family and your ministry and for this aspect of your governmental proceedings.

radspank said...

Looking forward to seeing the movie.
As a pharmacist, I am horrified that the abortion pill, RU-486, might be approved for use in this country. I shudder when I consider the prospect, though unlikely in the forseeable future, of dispensing this medication as a requirement of my daily occupation. Pro-life or not, we know already that it's an ugly procedure and not without serious adverse effects.
Read this:

Anonymous said...

An interesting piece I read yesterday states that in Victoria, the majority of late term abortions were performed for psychosocial reasons, not fetal abnormality. How can this be happening? It must stop.