Monday, October 6, 2008

URGENT - Please email your MLCs

As you may be aware the upper house of the Victorian Parliament is debating/voting this week on the decriminalisation of abortion. This bill will mean that a woman can have an abortion for no reason up until 24 weeks, and up to 40 weeks with 2 doctors support. This bill will also mean that doctors that have a moral objection to performing abortions MUST refer women onto doctors who they know will perform the abortion. This means that the doctor is forced by law to act against their conscience. Even if one does not object to abortion, forcing people to act against their conscience is a serious erosion of democratic freedom.

If you haven't already, could you please email the Members of the Legislative Council for your region ASAP asking them to vote against the bill. The bill will probably be voted on on WEDNESDAY, so we need to email before then. From what we heard at the rally on Sunday there are still members who are undecided. This bill is subject to a conscience vote, so each member will be voting as they desire, not necessarily along party lines. So even if they are in the liberal party which normally takes a conservative view on morality issues, they MAY NOT vote against the bill.

Please be praying that the Holy Spirit will convict the consciences of those who are unsure about whether to vote for/against this bill, that He will convict them that what this bill is doing is legalising the murder of the most vulnerable members of our society, those who do not have a voice. Please pray that those who have decided to vote against the bill will hold onto their convictions and not be swayed by the pro-choice lobby.

God bless,
Bec

5 comments:

Louise New said...

If you want to email/post a letter to your members of the legislative council in your area, you can find out who they are by going to: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/handbook/menupage.cfm?menuId=1

Louise New said...

You can also find out more info and see related videos at tellthetruthcoalition.org.au

Let's pray that the truth will prevail!

dov said...

Is this Bec from Harvest? I wish that I had written to my local member. Now my hands are stained with blood, through my own inaction, just as all the other Christians who did nothing.

Bec said...

Nope, not Bec from Harvest, Bec from Tabor.

It is not too late to do something. It is possible that the Federal Government could overturn the legislation, as it appears that the Victorian legislation contravenes Australia's treaty obligations under the ICCPR. It would be good for Christians to lobby their Federal MPs, and/or MPs like Steve Fielding or Barnaby Joyce who are likely to be sympathetic to move a bill to overturn the Vic legislation.

Beyond that all, yes Christians hands are blood-stained - washed and stained with the blood of Christ. Yes we should do more, but condemnation isn't going to help. There is forgiveness in Christ, even for this. It's pointless to worry about what we should have done, rather we should focus on what we can do now. That would be true repentence rather than guilt and condemnation.

Louise New said...

Bec, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to know that there's still things we can do!