Thousands rally against extreme abortion up-to-birth proposals in South Australia

Thousands of pro-life campaigners gathered in South Australia this week to urge the state Government to drop plans to introduce abortion, for any reason, up to birth.

Over 3,500 attended Adelaide’s Walk for Life on the weekend carrying signs which read, “Abortion Up To Birth, Not in SA,” “Choose Life” and “Love them Both”.

The event was organised by Love Adelaide, a pro-life organisation concerned by the extreme abortion law changes being proposed in South Australia. 

Love Adelaide founder Jodie Pickard said the Walk For Life event was the largest pro-life rally held in South Australia over the past decade. 

She told The Advertiser: “Our laws allow abortion up to 28 weeks, past viability and they see no legal, moral or ethical reason to consider extending what is already extreme abortion law in itself.” 

Speaking at the Walk for Life, pro-life MP Claire Scriven described the proposed laws as “damaging and devastating”.

“It’s fair to say that generally people expect that new laws that are introduced will help our society or will help conditions for individuals within our society.

“These proposals do neither of those two things. These proposals abandon women and these proposals abandon their babies.” 

Abortion is already available up to 28 weeks’ gestation in South Australia if two doctors agree a woman’s physical or mental health is endangered by pregnancy, or if there is a risk the child is likely to be born with a serious abnormality.

However, the Attorney-General’s Office is currently drafting more extreme abortion laws after receiving a detailed list of recommendations from the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI).

In February 2019, the South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman MP asked SALRI to examine the current South Australian law on abortion and propose reforms that would “improve the efficiency of health service provision and access”.

In response, SALRI issued a report, in October, calling on the Attorney General to fully ‘decriminalise’ abortion in the Australian state, along with an extensive list of extreme abortion proposals. The term ‘decriminalise’ is a misnomer used by abortion activists to describe the removal of almost all current safeguards around abortion.

The Attorney General has since announced he plans to adopt most of the extreme proposals put forward by SALRI, with a bill expected to be presented to the state parliament in the coming months.  

The proposed new abortion regime will allow abortion, for any reason, up to birth with the involvement of one medical practitioner, providing that after 23 weeks the medical practitioner discusses the abortion ‘procedure’ with another practitioner. 

The Attorney General’s Office will seek to remove a requirement that abortions must take place in prescribed hospitals. Additionally, they accepted a recommendation that no restrictions should be placed on the use of telehealth medicine abortions, also informally known as ‘facetime abortions’.

In practice, abortions could then be available in school nurse clinics, pharmacies, university health clinics and even in mobile abortion clinics, potentially during school lunch hours.

The Attorney General has also adopted SALRI’s recommendation that there should be “no legislative prohibition in South Australia on gender selective abortion”.  

The new bill will also propose the inclusion of so-called “safe access zones” which seek to block and prevent any peaceful demonstrations and help from being offered anywhere abortions may take place. The prescribed distance will be 150m. 

Legislative changes will also be made to allow nurses and midwives to prescribe powerful abortion-inducing drugs. There appears to be nothing in the documentation that would prevent abortion pills being from being taken at locations such as schools, colleges etc, possibly under coercion from third-parties. 

In 2017, 4,349 abortions took place in the South Australia. 

Last year, the Australian state of New South Wales voted in favour of an extreme abortion bill permitting terminations up to 22 weeks without any kind of restriction and up to birth with the consent of two doctors.

In neighbouring New Zealand, a similar bill to introduce de-facto abortion for any reason up to birth is currently going through parliament.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“It’s so good to see such large number of people out standing up for the unborn and women facing unplanned pregnancies, and against this extreme abortion proposal. This follows a massive backlash in New South Wales last year when a similar extreme abortion law was proposed there.

“We should not be desensitised to the severity of what is being proposed in South Australia. Children are born at 22 weeks in developed countries and go on to thrive. Abortion at this late stage, and even up until birth, whether in South Australia or in anywhere else, is especially barbaric.”

Huge turnout for pro-life rally in Gibraltar, ahead of major abortion referendum

Hundreds of pro-life campaigners gathered in the city of centre of Gibraltar yesterday to encourage people to vote against introducing abortion to the region in a referendum next month. 

Roughly 1% of the Gibraltar’s population were in attendance carrying signs reading “Love Them Both,” “Pro-life Rock,” and “Pro-life is pro-women”. Over 500,000 would be in attendance if the UK’s pro-life march had the same proportional representation.

Members of Parliament voted 10-7, on 12 July 2019, to amend the Crimes Act to introduce abortion to the British Overseas Territory. However, rather than force the law through, a referendum will be held on 19 March 2020 due to a successful campaign from the Gibraltar Pro-life Movement.

The proposed changes would allow abortion in cases where a woman’s mental or physical health are at risk, with the approval of two doctors. Unborn babies would continue to be protected after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

6285 citizens signed a petition calling for any change in law to recognise “the pre-born’s indisputable right to life,” prompting MPs agree to hold a referendum on the issue.

The ballot paper question has been set as “Should the Crimes Amendment Act 2019, that defines the circumstances which would allow abortion in Gibraltar, come into force?” It will also allow those who are aged 16 and over to vote.

Lord Alton, who has spent over 40 years tirelessly championing the pro-life cause and is a patron of the Gibraltar Pro-Life Movement, was one of the key speakers at the event, which had the underlying message that Gibraltar should ‘save babies and vote no’.

Lord David Alton

Addressing a packed Grand Casemates Square, Lord Alton outlined how the unintended consequences of the abortion law in Great Britain had resulted in over 9,000,000 abortions since 1967 and over 200,000 annually, or over 600 each day, in England and Wales.

He said: “Gibraltar’s new law effectively allows abortion on demand, as in the UK”.

“Science teaches us that life begins at fertilisation. And science has moved on dramatically since abortion was legalised.

“When the UK’s obsolete limits were being set, we didn’t know what was happening in the womb. We do now. This is a law which flies in the face of science and humanity. Today we know so much more about the undeniable humanity of the child in the womb.”

Claire Culwell travelled from the US to share how she had survived an abortion that killed her twin, her premature birth and adoption by a loving family.

Encouraging people to vote in defence of the unborn, she said: “I am a twinless twin in the name of choice. I am one of many survivors of abortion. There is a domino effect to abortion. Not just the woman and the child but it is generation after generation that we see missing in the name of choice.

“You can do something about it here in Gibraltar. You can vote NO on 19th March. Please keep up your work and thank you for your commitment. You are fighting for the lives of people like me.”

Bernadette Goulding of Women Hurt spoke about her abortion experience and the lifelong challenges that resulted from it. She challenged the false message of choice saying:

“I was offered no other alternative – no other choice. I regret that bitterly.”

Hundreds of thousands attend US March for Life

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the US marched in Washington DC on Friday to celebrate life and call on their political leaders to defend the unborn.

A time-lapse video, by Students for Life America, shows the huge turnout of pro-life campaigners attending the 47th annual US March for Life. 

Individuals carried an assortment of creative and emotive pro-life signs with phrases such as: “I vote pro-life!” and “She can have her baby and her dreams too”.

The former phrase references to a new poll which revealed that the majority of Americans want to vote for candidates who will protect unborn babies from abortion in this year’s elections.

The latter phrase relates to an actress who alluded to having an abortion in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, this year, saying she “wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.”

President Trump became the first US president in history to attend America’s largest pro-life rally. Addressing the crowds, he said: “We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child born and unborn…”

Pro-life demonstrations across the world have also seen record numbers in attendance in recent years.

Already, this year, a record-breaking 9,000 people attended the March for Life in Chicago, Illinois. Over 8,000 people gathered for the Celebrate Life rally in Denver, Colorado carrying signs that read, “Civil rights begin in the womb” and “I am the pro-life generation.”

In 2019, over 50,000 Slovakians called on the country’s leaders to protect unborn babies. Pro-life demonstrations in Northern Ireland reached over 20,000 people, over 11,000 marched for life in the Netherlands, over 5,000 people marched for life in the UK, and over 2,000 people attended New Zealand’s March for Life.

Large numbers are also expected to attend the UK March For Life which will take place in London on 13 June.

2020 begins with record-breaking attendances at pro-life marches

Thousands of pro-life campaigners marched in Denver and Chicago on Saturday calling for an end to abortion.

The marches are part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to the more than 600,000 abortion procedures carried out in the US each year and call for laws that support women and protect unborn babies.

These two marches took place just two weeks before the national March for Life in Washington, which attracted hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers last year.

A record-breaking 9,000 people attended the March for Life in Chicago, Illinois which had the theme ‘Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman!’.

Ahead of the march, the March for Life Chicago board president, Dawn Fitzpatrick, told the Chicago Tribune, “There’s more people in Illinois and the Midwest who recognize the urgency of this. We recognize that there’s a human being that’s created from the moment of conception.” 

Over 8,000 people gathered for the Celebrate Life rally in Denver, Colorado carrying signs that read, “Civil rights begin in the womb” and “I am the pro-life generation.”

Participants were given the chance to sign a petition to support a policy on the 2020 Colorado ballot, which seeks to protect unborn babies by ending the practice of late-term abortion in the state.

Under Initiative 120, a person conducting an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy could be subject to having their medical license suspended for a least three years, except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life research group, in 2018, there were 323 abortions that occurred in Colorado at 21 weeks or later in a pregnancy. The survival rate for babies born at 22 weeks has doubled over the past decade prompting new guidance in the UK, allowing doctors to try to save babies born as early as 22 weeks into a pregnancy.

Colorado became the first state to allow abortion in limited instances in 1967. Currently, the state doesn’t have any restrictions on when a pregnancy can be terminated and abortion rights advocates have pushed to keep it that way. Abortion providers in the state can opt-out of providing post-abortion care and don’t require parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

Among the speakers at the rally was Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, who shared how his experience of working in a hospital as a college student and seeing aborted babies there changed his life.

Revealing details about an abortion procedure that still impacts him decades later, Aquila told Colorado Public Radio “It is tragic and I remember being stunned… I can still remember the horror on the young woman’s face [during the abortion].”

Referring to Initiative 120, the Catholic archbishop assured attendees of the rally that it does not amount to an endorsement of abortion during the earlier stages of a pregnancy.

“But we also desire to protect, even in increments, the gift of given life. We are not voting for abortion, nor are we saying we agree with abortion up to 22 weeks. What we are saying, is that we respect life, and we respect it for all the pregnancy,” Aquila said.

David Bereit, co-founder of pro-life group 40 Days For Life, said “We are not going to rest because what started in Colorado will end in Colorado… Colorado has tried other ballot initiatives on the pro-life side in the past that have failed. This is the one that a large majority of people agree upon.”

Pro-life demonstrations across the world have also seen record numbers in attendance in recent years. In 2019, over 50,000 Slovakians called on the country’s leaders to protect unborn babies. Pro-life demonstrations in Northern Ireland reached over 20,000 people, over 11,000 marched for life in the Netherlands, over 5,000 people marched for life in the UK, and over 2,000 people attended New Zealand’s March for Life.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“What a wonderful way to begin 2020, continuing with the trend of the record-breaking numbers of people attending pro-life demonstrations that we have seen over the past few years, not just overseas but also in the UK. 

“In 2020 and beyond, we will be using this momentum and the momentum of a more pro-life parliament to call on the Government to urgently bring forward increased support for women with unplanned pregnancies to reduce the tragic number of abortions that happen each year. 

“We are excited to see the pro-life movement continue to grow around the world this year and are hopeful of innovative new laws and safeguards that will support women and protect unborn babies.”