Today I have cried, I have felt the weight of Australia’s 80,000-plus lives destroyed in the womb each year and I have felt such disappointment that our government has not taken a stand for the most vulnerable citizens of this state. Last night Tasmania’s abortion bill was passed in the Lower House by two votes. Eleven pollies acknowledged the epic failings of the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, but 13 had the misguided notion that it is just what Tassie needs right now.
“A person’s a person no matter how small.”
– Dr Seuss (Horton Hears a Who!)
After all the submissions and petitions and protests, we remain unheard. And it would be easy at this point to feel defeated. That was my initial reaction. But this bill still needs to pass the Upper House, so let me hear you say, “Bring on Round Two!” Word is that it won’t be debated until May or June, so we have some time.
“Abortion is the last in a long line of non-choices.
“If the child is unwanted, whether by her or her parents, it will be her duty to undergo an invasive procedure and an emotional trauma and so sort the situation out. The crowning insult is that this ordeal is represented to her as some kind of a privilege. Her sad and onerous duty is garbed in the rhetoric of a civil right.’’
– Germaine Greer (The Whole Woman, Doubleday, 1999)
This is too important an issue to lose our nerve over, or to put in the too-hard basket, or to delicately look the other way. This is life and death. So I encourage you to, once you’ve had a little breather, get busy emailing again, this time to all the members of the Upper House. Writer and activist Mishka Gora has written a stellar article outlining all that’s wrong with the bill – would make a great starting point for any letters you write. Read it here.
“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips.”
– Psalm 40:8-9
Why am I so concerned by this? Because the unborn have a right to life as much as I do, and their mothers have a right to love and support. And because, when my son is old enough to ask me about the abortion laws in Tasmania, I want to be able to tell him I did everything within my power to speak up for the unborn.