The weather on Thursday suited the gloomy forecast from parliament as the Legislative Council passed the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, further opening up access to abortion in Tasmania. It only needs the tick from the lower house now.
A sad day for the unborn.
I wonder if it was sunny in Sydney, because up there, ‘Zoe’s Law’ convincingly passed the lower house, 63 votes to 26. You might recall the case of pregnant woman Brodie Donegan whose 36-week-old unborn child died when she was hit by a car. This bill for the first time recognises the crime of grievous bodily harm against an unborn child.
Such disparate results for life within the womb.
What do you do when something you know to be intrinsically wrong, is upheld in law? Passionate and convicted people have worked tirelessly to lobby politicians since Tasmania’s ‘Reproductive Health’ bill was introduced earlier this year. Was all their breath and ink a waste?
I don’t think so.
We’ve had lively debate in the media, which in turn has ignited conversations around dinner tables amongst family, over coffee with friends and in the lunchroom with colleagues. We’ve asked, “When does life begin?”, “When does a baby start to feel pain?”, “How do we balance a woman’s rights over her body with a baby’s right to live?”
Perhaps you’ve had one of these conversations and have been challenged. I know I have.
Still, I feel aggrieved at the decision my government has taken and the disregard for life.
I had Brooke Fraser playing in the background as I busied myself with the housework on Friday. The lyrics to Flags felt as if they arched straight from my heart and the hearts of so many who, I know, feel a sense of loss on behalf of vulnerable unborn babies.
“Reality has left you reeling
All facts and no feeling
No faith and all fear…”
What exactly are pro-choice activists celebrating right now? I’ll answer that for you: death.
“I don’t know why the innocents fall
While the monsters still stand
And our lives blow about
Like flags on the land,” Fraser crooned sadly.
I don’t know why God has allowed this injustice, but I do know that he will bring everything to justice in his perfect time.
And like the abolition of slavery, there needs to be an awakening first, a revolution if you like. People’s eyes will be opened to how the rights of innocents are being monopolised for the convenience of the powerful.
With the 50-year-anniversary of C. S. Lewis’ death this month, it was only fitting that he get a mention. What a great man he was, wise and ahead of his time. I’m frequently awed by the way his words poetically pinpoint the human condition. In his book Mere Christianity, he said this:
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
First published in The Examiner newspaper for Keeping the Faith column on Monday November 25, 2013.