Never have I been more aware of how precious life is. In the past two weeks, three friends have given birth to beautiful, healthy babies. One made her entrance at just 30 weeks, weighing less than 1.4kg. She is doing marvellously, as is mum.
Sadly, I know another couple who was only given an hour with their newborn son before he breathed his last. We joined that family as they lowered a tiny coffin into the ground.
Still another husband-and-wife pair have traveled such a heart-wrenching journey with their son who has cancer. They have fought for his life so gallantly, making use of all the available treatment facilities in Melbourne, praying on his behalf like the warriors they are.
And my husband and I have known the grief of miscarriage recently too.
Through all these separate but somehow similar situations that champion the inherent value of life, our Tasmanian government is attempting to change abortion laws to allow greater access to pregnancy termination. And for every pregnancy termination, a little life is also terminated. For all the mothers and fathers in the complex situations above, the proposed law change is an insult. How can a government offer genuine support to a family grieving their stillborn baby while on the other hand enabling another family to end the life of a baby at the same stage of development? How can a government acknowledge life to one family (birth certificates are issued at 21 weeks gestation), yet ignore it (destroy it) for another? This is a government of dangerous paradoxes.
UPDATE: ABORTION BILL
Tassie’s Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013, as it is named, passed the lower house last month. Boo. But it still needs to pass the upper house (the Legislative Council). Yesterday we had Legislative Council elections for the seats of Montgomery, Nelson and Pembroke. Results were good – “a win for the conservatives” as the media called it. Yay. Liberal candidates Leonie Hiscutt and Vanessa Goodwin were successful, as was incumbent independent Jim Wilkinson (who was targeted by opponents in a nasty campaign to have him ousted). And, can I add, each of these three won convincingly – big congrats!
Many people opposed to the abortion bill were very active in the first phase – signing petitions, attending protests, emailing pollies and writing letters. You were amazing! And now you need to be amazing all over again. The abortion bill (along with same sex marriage and gay adoption) will be some of the first pieces of proposed legislation that the new-look Legislative Council will consider. So we need to let the members know what we think.
Everything you need to know to fire off some brief emails to MLCs can be found here.
Every letter counts. Your words, your story, your opinion IS important. It is the job of these Legislative Council members to listen to you, the people.
I encourage you to be a ‘Champion of Life’. Find a few minutes and get writing!
I’m not sure of your story. Maybe you have a story like the ones I mentioned above. Maybe you have had an abortion or you know someone who has. Please don’t read judgement into my words because if you find it, it wasn’t intended. I believe in a God who is big enough to bestow healing on the most ravaged heart. Whatever your journey, He is bigger and His love has no conditions.