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The last few weeks have seen a renewed focus on our freedoms.

Freedom of speech – and even the right to state plain biological truth – has been in the spotlight through the summoning of Senator Claire Chandler by an anti-discrimination tribunal.

It’s been great to see AFC supporters rally to the cause, with more than 7400 already pledging their support and encouraging Senator Chandler to dig in.
If you’re yet to add your support, why not do so now?

https://www.austfamily.com.au/stand_with_senator_claire_chandler

Recent days, however, have seen a dramatic shift to another topic: abortion.

And, let’s be frank, without the right to life, talk of any other right or freedom is irrelevant.

News from the United States
Two happenings in America this week have thrust the issue of abortion into the news.

The first was the death of America’s oldest supreme court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, aged 87.

Among her many ‘progressive’ rulings, Ginsberg took part in ditching numerous restrictions and regulations concerning abortion – even helping strike down a ban on partial-birth abortion.

It’s hard to imagine how someone could find any legal justification for so horrific and barbaric a practice.

Despite the US presidential election looming (on 3 November), President Trump is proceeding to nominate a replacement for Ginsberg.

While pro-lifers and those concerned about the onward march of the Rainbow Agenda would do well to temper their enthusiasm (as recent US Supreme Court judgements have hardly been encouraging, despite Trump appointees participating), the list of potential nominees certainly IS encouraging.

The second happening was President Trump’s announcement of an executive order guaranteeing medical assistance to any child that survived an abortion.

“Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve,” Trump said.

“This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”

This is wonderful news – and it’s fantastic to hear a world leader speak so passionately in favour of defending life.

But what a sorry state of affairs it is when such a step is necessary – that is, the need to overrule people so fanatical about pushing abortion they deem that even a baby who survives this awful procedure must be left to die.

In state after state in Australia, however, calls for such assistance have fallen on deaf ears.

Most parliamentarians don’t care. It's just not an issue for them.

So, back to Australia
Sadly, the onward march of increasingly radicalised abortion laws continues – currently in South Australia.

Once lauded as the home of ‘progressive’ social legislation in the 1960s and 1970s, SA was overtaken by the mad rush of other jurisdictions to permit abortion to birth. But its moment has now come.

This week a bill for ‘exclusion zones’ around abortion clinics, moved by Labor MP Nat Cook, was passed by the lower house: 34 votes to 9, with 4 MPs not voting.
Certain behaviour within 150 metres of an abortion clinic – including offering help to vulnerable women – would see penalties of up to $10,000 or 12 months in jail.

Of the brave 9 MPs who said ‘no’, only 1 was a Labor MP.

The bill’s rubber-stamping by the upper house now seems a mere formality, but we do encourage SA supporters who haven’t used our contact form to urgently have their say:

https://www.austfamily.com.au/freedom_to_help_and_to_pray

We encourage them especially because this ‘safe access’ bill is only a precursor to the broader abortion bill that Liberal Attorney-General Vickie Chapman will introduce in coming weeks.

The bill will likely include the worst features of legislation seen in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and elsewhere – including, but not limited to, abortion to birth for any reason or none.

We’ll obviously have much more to say about this matter.

There was a time when many felt that our parliaments contained Left-leaning and ‘progressive’ MPs whose ideas were too far out of kilter with the ‘mainstream’ of Australian society. They could easily be dissuaded with a few phone calls or letters.

But what does it say about the state of our culture when MPs now feel they can introduce such laws with complete impunity?

We can – and we must – campaign against bad legislation, but it’s long past time to ask some hard questions about how we start rebuilding a pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom society.

At the risk of opening a whole new conversation (in what is meant to be a conclusion):
  • We need churches that don’t shirk their duty to speak the truth on so-called ‘controversial’ issues;
  • We need Australians of goodwill to stop looking at political involvement as something ‘dirty’ and best left to others; and
  • We need to realise that we have the ability to shape public debate – that “victory goes to those who show up”. That’s not to say we’ll always win, but we have much more opportunity than we often realise.
And that's just a start.

As always, we’re grateful for your continued support.

The Australian Family Coalition Team

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