Comment and information on timely matters.

Reported in an online article (27.7.12) “Batman massacre' claims 13th victim” we read the tragic news that a pregnant woman had been shot in the horrific events that took place at the midnight screening of the Batman movie in Colorado, USA.  Whilst she is lucky to have survived, her unborn baby was not so lucky.

The opening sentences of this online article (and numerous others) read as follows:  “The Aurora Dark Knight shooting has tragically claimed a 13th victim after pregnant survivor Ashley Moser suffered a miscarriage.  Miss Moser was eight weeks pregnant when a gunman burst into a movie theatre in Colorado on Friday, July 20, killing 12 people and injuring 58 ...  ... While Miss Moser herself was badly injured after being shot in the abdomen and neck, her unborn baby had miraculously survived.  But a family statement has revealed Miss Moser, who remains critically injured, suffered a miscarriage after surgery today.”

Without for one minute wishing to detract from the sadness and tragedy of what has happened, it is always with dismay that we find that the value of an unborn baby in any given media article seems to hinge on the where the media wants our sympathy/empathy/sadness to fall.  If the article was about a woman wanting an abortion, or who had an abortion, the word ‘foetus’ would have been used!

Today brings us the news that a brave young man stepped up to his responsibilities for his unborn child prior to the baby’s birth. He sought an injunction via the courts and the legal system to obtain an injunction to prevent his now ex-girlfriend from seeking an abortion. He has also requested a ruling that he will have full custody of the baby once the little one is born.

While his application on all accounts has failed, we commend this young man for taking responsibilities for his actions and wanting to care for his pre-born child. He has not walked away from his child and this shows great care and love for the child on his part.

While there is no apparent request by the 16 year old mother to have an abortion, this young man was trying to ensure his little one would be born.

The judge in this case stated that even if they were married (which this couple was not) there was “no common law right” of the husband which would enable him to “force his wife to carry a child to term.”

What a tragedy when the term “force his wife” is used for what should be the normal natural outcome of a pregnancy - and that is the birth of a baby.

The judge dismissed the application by saying he (the judge) did not have the jurisdiction to make orders “directed towards a foetus” and that it was his view that the jurisdiction of the court “extends to children once they are born, not before.”

The irony is that a woman cannot purchase a car in both names without the boyfriend/husband’s permission, she cannot sell the family home without his permission, but tragically she can abort his baby without his permission.

We are grateful that in this particular instance, according to the news report, the young mother (who already has a 9 month old baby from a previous relationship) is going to have this baby. We commend her for her courage in bringing this baby to birth and resisting any pressure to abort. Please keep the three of them, mum, dad and unborn baby, in your prayers.


Here's one we prepared earlier.

Caroline Da Costa pushed for the abortion drug RU-486 to be allowed in Australia chanting the line that rural women need access to this drug to have home abortions.  Now we have the first recorded death of a woman here in Australia due to the use of this abortion drug due to sepsis that sets in when this drug is used.  This has happened on a number of occasions overseas and now we have one on her doorstep.  

Sadly not only did this woman’s own home become the funeral parlour for her preborn baby, it has now also become hers.  Will Da Costa and the abortion business, Marie Stopes Int, now desist from the madness of prescribing these deadly pills?  I doubt it.  There is too much money to be made.

Click to hear the ABC News report

The 24 March 2012 Queensland election results in regards to the rabidly pro-abortion women’s group of EMILY’s List (EL) is all good for the preborn babies of Queensland! Anna Bligh’s bounty of EL women has been obliterated and we hope will not be able to be regained.

The majority of them have been replaced by those who have given an undertaking that they would vote pro-life on the issue of abortion.

Out of the 10 candidates on the EMILY’s List website (just prior to the election), and due to the resignation of Anna Bligh (South Brisbane electorate), there is now only one EMILY’s Lister left and that is Desley Scott in the Woodridge electorate. Jo-anne Miller who had been listed on the EL website is no longer there, however, that could just be their website’s error and may not indicate that Miller has changed her tune. Miller has been retained in the Bundamba electorate.

While the fact that the bulk of the EMILY’s List network has been blasted out of parliament, and we are forever grateful to all those of you who worked so hard to put forth the truth about their voting records on life issues, we must not become complacent.

There is still work to be done to hold the elected politicians accountable. Do not let up your pressure on them in relation to life issues. And pray for them in the roles they now play for Queensland.

Also please pray that whoever is elected in the South Brisbane electorate would vote pro-life. This is vital.

(Photo from Flickr user 'djackmanson')

[Full details available at The Lancet]

Wonderful progress have been made in studying pregnant women found to have cancer says an article by  Professor Frédéric Amant of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.  An early experience of caring for a pregnant woman with cervical cancer was pivotal in shaping the course of his career: “She told me her early diagnosis was thanks to the pregnancy.  So she wanted to give her baby the chance he had given her.”

Professor Amant is a lead author of a series in the respected medical journal The Lancet on malignancy in pregnancy.  About one or two per 2000 pregnancies are complicated by cancer, with the most common being breast cancer (40%) and blood cancers (20%).  Professor Amant states there is nothing to suggest the pregnancy causes the cancers.  The biggest challenge is educating the public that chemotherapy is possible in pregnancy without harm to the baby.  Women find it hard to believe they shouldn't have an aspirin, but can take these very strong chemotherapy drugs during pregnancy”, Amant says.  “At first, we did not have much evidence regarding the unborn babies.  But now more than 120 children have been born to women treated with chemotherapy in our ongoing international collaborative study, and they are doing as well as the general population, so that offers reassurance.” 

“Fear of chemotherapy should not be a reason to terminate pregnancy”, he said, “It's rarely necessary to change the standard chemotherapy treatment regimen for pregnant women with cancer, and chemotherapy does not harm the unborn child”. 

This is great news for so many women who are pregnant and find they have cancer yet again reinforcing the consistent pro-life message that abortion is never the answer.

In Brisbane there is a support organisation called Mummy’s Wish — — that gives practical help to pregnant women with cancer.