2016 March for the Babies shows growing Support for Prolife Cause

Thousands flocked to the steps of Parliament on Saturday to protest Victoria’s abortion laws, mourn the many lives lost, and advocate for a culture of life that provides women with real choice and real support.

It was encouraging to see people of all ages and backgrounds at the March for the Babies – a testament to the breadth of the pro-life cause. This year’s theme was ‘life equality’.

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins took the opportunity to announce the new pro-life political movement called Move to Change (formerly the 20 Week Movement) which has started up in Victoria. The formal launch for this movement will be at the Gala dinner on the 25th February 2017.

Move to Change is designed solely to advance pro-life legislation – we must move to change abortion laws, and move to change the make-up of parliament to introduce more pro-life MPs into our parliament. More information on this movement can be found when the website launches in the near future at www.movetochange.org.au

MFTB has been taking place at the same time every year since 2008, when Victoria legalised abortion up to birth and took away our health professionals’ fundamental right to conscience.

Watch Rachel’s address to the crowd:

Rally to support the Infant Viability Bill!

Please show your support for the Infant Viability Bill by attending this rally on Saturday 21 May, 2pm outside the front of Victorian Parliament.

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Infant Viability Bill – Powerful Second Reading Speech calls for Life-Affirming Culture

The DLP’s Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins has delivered a powerful Second Reading Speech for the Infant Viability Bill in the Victorian Parliament.

In what is a very comprehensive speech, Dr Carling-Jenkins makes an appeal for a life-affirming culture as she exposes the flaws of the current system, and explains how the various aspects of the bill will make important reforms to the way mothers and their viable children are treated and cared for.

Click here to view speech 

The bill is receiving widespread support from the community and from both sides of the political spectrum. Over 42,000 signatures have been collected on hard copy petitions in support of the bill, and a Galaxy undertaken in March sows that 64 per cent of Victorians oppose abortion post 20-weeks.

For more information, see www.infantviability.org.au 

 

Show your support for the Infant Viability Bill by joining a peaceful rally on Saturday 21 May, 2pm outside the front of Parliament House.

Victorian Parliament passes legislation that bans peaceful pro-life advocates within 150m of abortion clinics

In the very early hours of Friday morning 27th November, the Victorian parliament passed a law that essentially criminalises all forms of pro-life activity within 150 metres of any premises at which abortions take place, including GP clinics that dispense RU486.

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015, any activity which causes intimidation or distress to a person in the zone can be reported to the police, and the offenders can be charged as much as 120 penalty units (over $18,000) or up to 12 months imprisonment.

Despite many important questions remaining unanswered, including a lack of clarity over whether or not the act of praying in the zone could consitute an offence, the bill was supported by a vast majority of upper house MPs (30). There is no doubt that this is a blatant attack on fundamental liberties; there is no balance struck between competing rights what-so-ever.

Apart from our very own Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, only 7 other MPs voted against the bill: four Liberals and three crossbenchers.

DLP Federal Secretary Mr Stephen Campbell has denounced the legislation as “one more step along the road of the abolition of democratic rights”.

“While we would expect this from a socially destructive group like the Greens, I would have hoped that in the last 60 years the ALP would have learned something about the dangers of aligning themselves with extreme left-wing ideologies – obviously, that was a forlorn hope. The DLP will never accept this unjust legislation and will work to overturn it at every opportunity,” Mr Campbell said.

Click here to read the Rachel Carling-Jenkins’ contribution to the debate

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Infant Viability Bill Passes First Reading, while Greens and Sex Party Show their True Colour

DLP member for Western Metropolitan in the Victorian parliament, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins has successfully introduced the Infant Viability Bill, with the bill’s 1st reading carried this afternoon.

This means the bill’s title is now listed on the Legislative Council’s notice paper, and the following long title was incorporated into hansard:

“A Bill for an Act to ensure the provision of access to holistic care and support to pregnant women and preborn children so as to promote infant viability, to amend the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 and Crimes Act 1958, to make consequential amendments to certain other Acts and for other purposes.”

The next step in the legislative process is the second reading speech, in which Dr Carling-Jenkins will outline the details of the bill and explain why it is needed. This is then followed by second reading debate, before being put to a vote. All this will take place at a later time.

Interestingly, the Greens and Sex Party called a division to vote against the first reading, something which is completely unconventional, disrespectful and undemocratic. Members of all other political persuasions could be heard jeering at the Greens and Sex Party for what they did.

What this demonstrated was a typical totalitarian attempt to shut down a member of parliament’s entitlement and duty to bring before the parliament an issue for debate, which that MP was elected to do!

The Democratic Labour Party was born out of a movement to combat totalitarianism. In the 1950s, totalitarianism came in the form of communism, with communists vying for power in the trade unions to dictate ALP policy. These days, totalitarianism manifests itself in the form of the Greens and the Sex Party, who apparently only support freedom of speech and protest if it is about something they support.

DLP to introduce Infant Viability Act in the Victorian Parliament

Seven years after Victoria introduced the most extreme abortion laws in the world, Democratic Labour Party MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins has drafted a private member’s bill that will wind back the more extreme elements of the law. This is the first formal attempt to change Victoria’s 2008 abortion reforms.

Under the proposal, abortion would not be allowed after the 20th week of pregnancy.

“This protects women from the awful physical and mental consequences of late-term abortion and it protects children,” Dr Carling-Jenkins said at the annual March for the Babies rally at Parliament on Saturday. “Women deserve better. Abortions don’t solve problems – they create them.”

Dr Carling-Jenkins said medical advances over the past few years had shown babies were viable at 24 weeks, and sometimes even younger. This proposal, if enacted into law, will protect preborn children from the age of viability.

Further, medical assistance must be provided to infants born alive as the result of a late-term termination. We know that there have been cases in Victoria – and indeed around Australia – where babies born as a result of a failed abortion have been left to die.

Dr Carling-Jenkins plans to introduce her bill – the Infant Viability Act – in the next sitting week of Parliament, which starts on October 20.

The Bill would provide penalties for physicians and clinics who breech the new rules. However, it will not punish women seeking abortions.

“Penalties will be introduced for physicians and clinics who contravene the law, but under no circumstances will I be advocating for the pregnant woman to be held liable,” Dr Carling-Jenkins said.

 

 

 

 

Amend Victorian Abortion Laws, starting with Section 8!

Victorian abortion laws are amongst the worst in the world. They allow abortion ‘on-demand’ (without reason) up to 24 weeks, and abortion right up until birth, including partial-birth abortion, with signatures from just two doctors (which may be two abortionists and hence easy to obtain).

Other abhorrent things aside, these laws shamefully compel medical practitioners to comply. In other words, medical practitioners are not granted freedom of conscience if they have a conscientious objection to abortion. They are forced to perform an abortion or be party to it by referring a patient to another practitioner who will.

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Many changes are required to the laws. However, the DLP views Section 8 as the first that needs to be redressed. Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, entitled “Obligations of registered health practitioner who has conscientious objection” details the current “responsibilities” of medical practitioners, specifically doctors and nurses.

Section 8 restricts medical practitioners’ freedom of speech and of conscience. Personal beliefs about abortion aside, many people in the community support the right of medical practitioners to these important freedoms.

Indeed, hundreds of Victorian doctors have joined together in calling for changes to the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008.

Conscientious Objection is a fundamental principle of the medical and nursing professions, and is enshrined in the ethical and conduct codes of the AMA, the ANF, the NHMRC and the Australian Medical Council.

Furthermore, Section 8 sets a very dangerous precedent towards coercing medical practitioners to perform other acts which may go against their conscience, such as euthanasia, the sterilisation of people with disabilities and infanticide on grounds of genetic defects or disability.

Section 8 has already been intimidating practitioners into compliance. In 2013, Dr Mark Hobart was investigated by the Medical Board of Victoria, for refusing to refer a couple who came to him requesting an abortion on the grounds of gender selection (the woman was pregnant with a girl, but the couple wanted a boy).

There have been other anecdotal stories which indicate to us that doctors and nurses are being threatened and pressured to be on rotations at hospitals where abortions are performed, and to refer under threat of physical violence or legal action.

 

Many changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 are needed, including:

  • introducing a two week waiting period for any abortion;
  • banning the partial-birth method of abortion;
  • banning abortions on the basis of gender selection;
  • providing pain relief to babies being aborted;
  • requiring medical practitioners to resuscitate and care for babies who survive abortion attempts;
  • ensuring informed consent for abortions and expanding the options presented to women requesting abortions, such as counselling and adoption options.

 

What we will do:

If the DLP is successful in winning a seat within the Victorian Parliament, we will:

  • in our maiden speech, establish our sincere commitment to abortion reform , speaking about the reforms needed to the Act overall;
  • at the earliest opportunity, introduce a private member’s bill calling for the repeal of Section 8;
  • within 6 months, launch a campaign to reform further sections of the Act, in conjunction with a broad range of supporters from pro-life and health organisations;
  • negotiate with the government of the day to ensure these reforms receive full consideration;
  • promote the expansion of ‘choice’ through counselling and adoption, and campaign for open adoptions in Victoria;
  • promote free grief counselling for women who have suffered from past abortions.

 

 

 

 

Authorised by Michael Murphy, 14 Coventry Place, South Melbourne