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Bishops speak for LIFE ahead of Queensland state election

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, it seems. On Monday 7 September, for the first time ever Queensland’s Catholic Bishops, led by the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, held a press conference to make an announcement about the upcoming Queensland state election. 

The announcement titled “A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Queensland for the 2020 State Election” was made at the official launch of “THE COMMON GOOD IN A COVID WORLD”.

The invitation-only event at St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane was attended by politicians, journalists and Catholic dignitaries. The Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington, was there sitting front and centre, and nine other LNP MPs were in attendance. Labor had fewer than half that number there, with the Government represented by Sandgate MP Stirling Hinchcliffe, Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs. All three Katter's Australian Party state MPs were present.

Archbishop Coleridge with Opposition Leader Mrs Deb Frecklington - the future Premier of Queensland perhaps?

While some may wonder about the influence that statements from Catholic leadership may have on the Queensland election, it is of high significance. The 2016 census revealed that 56% of Queenslanders identified as Christian (of some denomination), which included over one in five Queenslanders being Catholic - the single biggest faith tradition in Queensland. This was the census when the Atheist Foundation ran a large national "No Religion" campaign, which led to the Australian Bureau of Statistics placing this choice as the first option and had the effect of many nominal believers from all faiths choosing "no religion" instead of the religion in which their parents had christened them. So it's safe to assume that the almost 22% of Queenslanders who identify as Catholic actually pay close attention to what their bishops say. 

The prayers and statements made by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishop for Cairns Tim Harris and Bishop for Toowoomba Robert McGuckin largely centred around Queensland recovering well from the scourge of COVID. The Archbishop made a point of saying they were not telling people how to vote, and he was non-partisan in his approach. A range of predominantly social issues was covered, including the beginning and end of life. Encouragingly, a booklet which was given to all in attendance, and can downloaded here, contained a very strong warning against euthanasia and a call for more palliative care services. It stated:

"To recognise human dignity is to value the lives of all people, including those at the beginning and the end of life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide puts some of the most vulnerable people in our community at risk by endorsing – even in law – the judgement that some people’s lives are no longer of value. The State Government needs to provide better funding and resourcing for palliative care so that all Queenslanders have access, not just the few. Access to palliative care for older Queenslanders receiving aged care, especially in regional and rural settings, is a critical area of need. This urgent need is highlighted at a time when there is pressure to legislate for euthanasia in the State Parliament. There is a dark irony in this at a time when the shadow of death looms over us at this particular time of crisis and the Government’s target of halving suicide rates in Queensland by 2026. Governments must also provide for sustainable aged care services, continue to improve the quality regulatory framework in aged care and provide older people and their families with choice and control over the services they receive."

The booklet also contained a shorter statement on abortion, it read:

"We recognise the human dignity of unborn children and the great challenge many women face when confronted with an unexpected or difficult pregnancy. How can our community support women and their families in creating a more supportive and child-friendly community? What factors are causing women to take the agonising decision of abortion?"

This statement uncovered the cruel truth that many women who abort their babies do so because they feel that's their only choice. Abortion coercion is tragically common in Queensland, as is women feeling scared, isolated or without enough support including finances to give birth to their child. There are lot of unwanted abortions. This critical error of omission in legislation and policy is an aspect that must be urgently addressed if Labor is ousted from government and we have the opportunity make real change for unborn babies and pregnant women.

EXCLUSIVE: THE ARCHBISHOP ON THE BID TO ROLL BACK QUEENSLAND'S  ABORTION LAWS

At the conclusion of the formalities, Cherish Life Queensland executive director Teeshan Johnson was kindly granted a one-on-one interview with Archbishop Coleridge, and used the time to address the election issue of rolling back Queensland Labor’s abortion-to-birth laws. 

The Archbishop being interviewed by Teeshan from Cherish Life.

In response to a question regarding the Archbishop’s views on the LNP, KAP and One Nation all committing to review Queensland Labor's abortion-to-birth laws, Archbishop Coleridge said: “My thoughts were made very clear when the debate on abortion was going in the state [Queensland], and the church’s position is unequivocal on it. I think the legislation that was passed was seriously mistaken. I’ve made no secret in that. Therefore I would support legislative change.”

Asked about whether Catholic voters should consider the need to roll back these extreme abortion laws when voting, Archbishop Coleridge said abortion is a "very important" factor that needs to be considered by voters, and added: "The issues of life and death are unusually fundamental." 

When asked whether abortion should be the number 1 voting issue for people of faith this election, the Archbishop said the recovery from the pandemic was the overarching issue this election, but added this "doesn't in anyway undermine the importance of abortion... To build a genuinely human world means to respect life and all its aspects."

 

Archbishop Coleridge was understandably furious when the abortion Bill passed and he didn't hold back on Twitter.

Our additional thoughts: Politically speaking there is a lot riding on this election for the Catholic community. Catholic Health Australia, after the Queensland Government, is the largest provider of health services including hospitals, palliative care services and aged care homes in the state. Similarly Catholic Education is the largest provider of schools in Queensland after the State Government. Both Catholic Health Australia and Catholic Education receive considerable federal and state government funding as well as private funding. Meanwhile, The Greens party, which is contending for the balance of power this election (through supporting a minority Labor Government in a hung Parliament), is on a warpath to create a secular (and socialist) Australia. This includes a radical plan by Queensland Greens to "nationalise" - that is, make public - all Catholic and private hospitals and then force all hospitals to provide "free abortions", as well as cutting government funding to Catholic and private schools.

Cherish Life Queensland is grateful to the Catholic bishops for breaking with tradition and speaking before such a critical election for life.

We say, thank you.

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A National first: 'Right to Life' Policy released by One Nation Party

Big news: Pauline Hansen's One Nation Party (ONP) Queensland chapter released a RIGHT TO LIFE policy on Friday 14 August.

It is unprecedented in Australia for any political party to issue such a detailed "Right to Life" policy.

The policy states:

"Right to Life Policy: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation acknowledges the scientific fact that a human being’s life begins in the womb. We were horrified when Labor passed the Termination of Pregnancy Act (2018) in Queensland, which legalised abortion up until birth for any reason. This law is one of the most extreme in the western world. One Nation will seek every opportunity to roll back Queensland Labor’s brutal and extreme abortion law, so both unborn babies and pregnant women will have a level of legal and medical protection in Queensland once again.

One Nation will:

  1. Reduce the gestational limit for abortions- Current legislation allows the abortion of an unborn child up until the day of birth.
  2. Ban sex-selective abortion- Sex-selective abortion is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of a child. The selective abortion of female foetuses is most common where male children are valued over females.
  3. Implement counselling and other safeguards- Women who may be considering an abortion must be provided counselling and compassionate assistance.
  4. Medical care for babies born alive during an abortion- Neonatal care must be provided to babies born alive during an abortion, as would be given to any other child born at the same stage of pregnancy and in the same medical condition.
  5. Anaesthetised abortion- There is no requirement to give an unborn baby pain relief prior to an abortion. Growing evidence suggests that unborn babies can feel pain from 16 weeks gestation.
  6. Restore Doctor’s Rights- Reinstitute a medical professionals full right to a conscientious objection to abortion referral.
  7. Ban organ harvesting- Prevent the use of aborted baby organs.
  8. Improve data reporting- Ensure data provided is complete, consistent, and undergoes regular validation to ensure adequate funding is provided for counselling and other safeguards."

Their Right to Life policy can be found here and it's also pictured below.

While Cherish Life is opposed to all abortion*, we welcome ONP's Right to Life policy as an encouraging movement in the right direction, away from Labor's cruel abortion up-to-birth laws.

* Cherish Life's position on abortion

Cherish Life is opposed to any destructive procedure to end an unborn human being's life, and therefore is opposed to all abortion. In the rare event a pregnancy must be ended early to save the mother's life, this is not deemed an abortion, but rather a life-saving intervention. Examples include the removal of an ectopic pregnancy which can be fatal if left unattended, and where a woman is suffering from potentially fatal pre-eclampsia, delivering the baby prematurely to save the woman's life.

If implemented the ONP policy would restore some much-needed legal protection and dignity to unborn babies, as well as providing practical supports and safeguards for women considering abortion, it also has the potential to save thousands of lives, particularly if the gestational cut-off for abortions is in the first trimester (up to 12 weeks) when most abortions occur in Queensland.

ONP's pro-life position (in comparison to pro-abortion Labor) is also likely to help them pick up another two to three seats at the 31 October election. Western Brisbane and central and North Queensland are particularly sensitive to the issue of late-term abortion previous polling and election campaigns have shown.

With the LNP, KAP and ONP now all committed to review or roll back Labor's Termination of Pregnancy Act (2018), abortion is clearly an election issue. Having commitments to fight for unborn life, to varying degrees, from mainstream parties with sitting members is an Australian first. There's a lot to be thankful for, and to fight for this election. We are close to getting our state's extreme abortion laws rolled back, and it's important we fight all the way until every vote is cast (as Labor / Greens will). Whoever you vote for, on the ballet paper - to vote for life - please put PUT LABOR LAST and GREENS SECOND LAST.

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See here how your MP voted on the abortion up to birth laws here

Only 1 Labor MP voted against the abortion laws (and they have now left parliament), and only 3 LNP MPs voted FOR the laws, 36 LNP MPs voted against the laws. The 3 KAP MPs voted against the laws and the 1 ONP MP voted against the Laws. The Greens MP and the independent MP for Noosa both voted for the laws.

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Greens plan to force Christian hospitals to perform abortions

The Greens have a plan to nationalise, that is to make public, all of Queensland's private hospitals, including Catholic and other Christian hospitals. That means these hospitals would be forced under the current law to provide abortions, even late-term ones for any reason

Queensland Greens seem proud of this extreme position and have a petition running called "Nationalise Queensland Public Hospitals", making clear its intention "..to bring all private hospitals in Queensland into public hands."

Another key Green abortion aim is 100% free abortions - meaning the humble taxpayer would be forced to fit the entire bill of abortions, even late-term healthy babies of healthy women. Presently most abortions in Australia attract a Medicare rebate with a considerable gap component that the girl or woman pays. The Greens are maneuvering so the entire cost of all abortions is paid for by the taxpayer. They would also push for more abortions to be performed at public hospitals in Queensland, including those Christian hospitals they would force to become public. Before the Labor Government legalised abortion to birth for any reason in 2018, only 2% of abortions in Queensland were performed at public hospitals, with the vast majority at private clinics (Queensland Health has not released any statistics on abortion since the 2018 law change). Suddenly funnelling even more abortions to public hospitals would put another tremendous burden on our health system. Under the Queensland Greens "Reproductive Rights" policy their state-funded abortion goal is very clear: "Improve availability of termination procedures across the state.... by the establishment of termination services in public facilities."

The Greens have been long-term agitators for state-funded ("free") abortions as well as legal abortion to term without restraint - it has been in their policy platform from day one. Their abortion policy states: "Access to affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion and contraception, is part of every woman’s right to control her own body. Rural and low-income women can face long distances and high costs. We must expand access via the public hospital system…" It would fair to say the emergence of the Greens is a major reason why Labor over the last 30 years has drifted into a dangerous socially-engineered anti-life (even hell-bent) place.  Some Greens even take their pro-abortion stance a step further and are infanticide advocates. One of their most prominent people, philosopher Peter Singer, now professor of Bioethics at Princeton University in the US, who had a formative role in the Greens and ran for the Senate soon after the party officially launched in 1992, has openly taught that infanticide of babies with mental or physical disabilities until the age of about two years is perfectly ethical. Professor Singer also has publicly spoken in favour of euthanasia, and argues bestiality and necrophilia are not immoral in some circumstances.

Legalising euthanasia is also part of the Greens policy platform. The Greens official euthanasia policy is called "Dying with dignity - a person’s right to choose - the Greens' plan for voluntary euthanasia legislation". Queensland's only Greens state MP, Michael Berkman, member for Maiwar, has been contending strongly for euthanasia. Mr Berkman recently used his privileged position on the Queensland Health Committee to pressure the government to rush through assisted suicide legalisation stating that "urgent law reform is needed", and recommended wider and more dangerous accessibly to euthanasia then what the Labor members of the Health Committee proposed.

The Greens are increasingly confident of winning the balance of power in the Queensland Parliament at the October 31 state election. They polled strongly in the March 2018 council elections, and recent polling published by The Australian shows them two percentage points ahead of where they were at the 2017 election. This could translate to more seats. Murmurs from the Labor camp a few months ago indicated they would not be surprised  to lose a few seats to the Greens in the state election, but expect to hold government, perhaps with a minority - relying on the Greens’ support. Queensland Greens leader Michael Berkman recently stated on a self-promotion Facebook video:"This election could finally be where Queensland sees a shift to power-sharing in Parliament." 

There would be one thing worse for life than the current Labor Government and that is a Labor-Greens coalition government. Things would get very dark for life if Greens held the balance of power. We must stop the Greens this election. 

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KAP: The most pro-life party in Queensland?

Cherish Life had the honour of recently catching up with Robbie Katter, MP for Traeger and the leader of Katter's Australian Party, for an exclusive interview about abortion, euthanasia and the election.  In terms of voting record and policy platform, KAP is the most pro-life party in Queensland. But there is uncertainty about preference flows and if the election result is undecided whether the KAP would choose to form government with the LNP or Labor, so we put some hard questions to Robbie, to help pro-life voters particularly in North Queensland make their vote count for life...

Cherish Life (CL) to Robbie: As the leader of KAP, what are your personal views on life, especially on abortion?

Robbie Katter (RK): Creating and preserving life is the most primary endeavour of our community and government should reflect this.  We are of the belief that life is given and taken by God.  We simply do not have the right to take the life of the unborn child.  We understand that there are many options available to expecting mothers and are further aware of the psychological damage confronting mothers who have gone down this dark road [of abortion].  We recognise the pressure on young mothers and the enormous amount of emotional strain they have on them during this time which can make them vulnerable in terms of long-term decision making.

CL: If KAP has to choose between forming a minority government with Labor or LNP, which would you choose?

RK: It would not be appropriate for the KAP to say we will only go with one side of the other when we try to present ourselves to the electorate as an independent third force.  I feel the more important question is what are the values you will be seeking in associating yourselves with someone in government? 

That question is easily answered by a cursory glance or our Core Values and Principles [principle number 2: "Australia was founded and thrived on Christian values, a fair go and the individual’s freedom to prosper. This heritage belongs to all Australians and defines the culture of the nation. The ideals for Australian society and government should be based upon these principles"]. 

Again, it is fair to say that based on the positions pushed by the current ALP government they would have to make a radical turn around on issues like abortion before we could seriously consider them.

I was brought up with the National Party but would argue they barely exist within the dominant Liberal Party now, however our party has proven to be objective and without bias in our consideration of support of any party. 

It must be acknowledged that our constituent base covers a large part of Rural and Regional Queensland.  Many of these areas are fighting for survival and we have to also consider the welfare of these people when we make these decisions. 

Personally, I will leave parliament before I would ever stand beside a political party that wants to promote abortion. KAP will seek every opportunity to turn these abhorrent abortion laws around.  

CL: In a Courier-Mail article recently, KAP was referred to as "king-makers". If KAP holds the balance of power after the election, will you make it a condition of your support for a minority  government that it commit to wind back Queensland's brutal late-term abortion law?

RK: The KAP has over the past nine years endeavoured to demonstrate its ability to be a manifestation of those Core Values and Principles on which we are founded ,on in both our response to legislation before parliament and through our own parliamentary initiatives.  In the last hung parliament negotiations, we didn’t signal that we would drive for an Ethanol Mandate to provide cleaner fuels but when we had the opportunity to drive this we did.  We did this because driving Biofuels in Australia is in our DNA. 

The abortion laws put through by the current ALP government remain a strong incentive to depose them and we will seek opportunities to turn those laws around just as we did with the Ethanol issue.

Stating conditions of government now is far too pre-emptive for the KAP.  We will need to be much more advanced through our campaign strategy before we are able to consider conditions of government. It would be fair to say that this issue [of life] will always remain a high priority for KAP once in a position of considerable influence.

CL: Is this pro-life view held by all KAP MPs and candidates? 

RK: Very firmly, in fact, despite my strong views on this issue, you could argue that my colleagues including my father have even stronger feelings on being pro-life.  It was a dark day in Parliament for all three state KAP MPs when Labor’s abortion law passed in 2018.  Those celebrating in the House caused even more concern.  We would see an issue like this as defining for our party. All four KAP MPs are committed Christians.  We three state MP’s pray together every sitting week of parliament. We are all deeply committed to our faith and our families. 

CL: Are potential KAP candidates vetted on whether they are pro-life or not? i.e. Do you only pre-select pro-life candidates?

RK: The quick answer is Yes. We find that in the candidate vetting process, issues of this nature are a very effective way of separating the wheat from the chaff...

CL: How will KAP vote if there is a euthanasia  ("voluntary assisted dying") Bill in Queensland?

RK:  We will be voting against this bill based primarily on the fact that we must recognise Core Value and Principle NO.2 of our party [namely] "Australia was founded and thrived on Christian values... the ideals for Australian society and government should be based upon these principles."

All state and Federal MPs have discussed the issue and have spoken publicly, when put on the spot, about our opposition to this push.

I am very proud of being led by my colleague Shane Knuth MP through the vote against Civil Unions back in 2012 when it was only the two KAP MP’s and Liz Cunningham that spoke and voted against the bill.  I was very nervous at the time being new to parliament.... It was pleasing to us that we had a stronger number of supporters around us in voting against the recent abortion laws pushed by the ALP.

CL: On the hierarchy of policy issues to KAP, how high up would you place "life" (i.e. abortion and euthanasia)? (# 1 being the most important issue).  

RK: Again, this is a complex question to answer but it would be fair to say that it would be a primary consideration for us as a party when considering supporting any major party in government.  

CL: What are KAP’s top 3 policy issues this coming state election? 

 RK: The three main policy issues being promoted so far include:

  1. People-owned rail line built into the Galilee Basin
  2. Water Developments including Hell’s Gate Dam built in North Queensland
  3. Ethanol Mandate to stimulate farming and cleaner air.

Given our strong and outspoken stand against gay marriage, we feel our position on Christian values and moral issues is evident to the general voting public. 

 

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Queensland's abortion lobby politicians revealed

Have you ever wondered how we came to be governed by such hardline pro-abortion politicians?  Where did these extreme views come from and does the general public really want to have abortion on demand right up to birth? Or could there be other factors at play, like a covert group funnelling big money and politically aligned partisans into politics?

One US-based entity known as EMILY’s List is an organisation which has wielded its fair share of influence over politics both overseas and here at home but not many people are aware of its influence.

EMILY’s List (which stands for: Early Money Is Like Yeast) first began in the US in 1983 with the sole goal of “electing pro-choice Democratic women to political office”. Its poster child is none other than world-renowned abortion campaigner Hillary Clinton.

In the 1990s, it opened a satellite branch in Australia, right about when the extreme abortion agenda began making an appearance on the political scene here. Its head office in the US has a reported revenue of about $45 million a year. Its Australian branch has an income stream of about $350,000 – mostly from political donations.

Being a pro-choice female candidate is big business and there seems to be ample amount of funds and resources on hand if you toe the line.

Queensland Labor's Kim Richards' donations from EMILY's List recently was reported in the media.

It is self-branded as a positive influence for women, pushing equality and health care. But absolute access to abortion remains its priority.

EMILY’s List convener for Australia Tanya Kovac has stated “you have to be a pro-choice woman” to be part of the club. According to its website, it promotes its ideology through traineeships and mentorships, guiding the next generation of pro-abortion candidates to get into politics and wield their influence.

The organisation has successfully campaigned for many Labor women. Not surprisingly these well-heeled MPs and Ministers then use their positions of influence to kick considerable goals for the abortion industry.

Queensland’s now former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is Queensland's best known EMILY’s Lister.

Ms Trad was leader and main aggressor behind the passing of the state's Termination of Pregnancy Act, stating the decriminalisation of abortion was “personal” for her and the reason she joined the Labor Party more than 20 years ago. The Act was notably brutal, legalising abortion up until birth for any reason, removing all legal protection from unborn human beings. It also contained no safeguards for women considering an abortion like independent counselling, and mandatory checks against all too common abortion coercion.

In EMILY’s List, the abortion ideology aims to pull down every restraint.

The organisation for all intensive purposes is the political arm of the abortion lobby. In Australia there are around 90 EMILY's List politicians and in the Queensland state government 10, listed below.

 

 

And the candidates of the 2020 state election

 

EMILY's List persuasive political push has been years in the making, gathering strength and speed before sweeping into our state and commonwealth parliaments. It's also had a contaminating effect on the Labor party, taking it to a very dark pro-abortion place.

EMILY's List members, all Labor, have had a hand in almost all Australia's extreme abortion laws.

The innocent victims in all this manipulation and false pretence of feminism are of course the thousands of the unborn babies who aborted in Australia each year, and their mothers who often are forever marred.

Remember at the upcoming 31 October election, a vote for Labor or Greens is a "yes" to keeping abortion-to-birth laws in our state. To change our states abortion laws, Labor has to go. Please put Labor last and Green's second last when you vote this election. 

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LNP commits to review Queensland's abortion laws

Encouraging news! Queensland's Liberal National Party (LNP) has declared its intention to "review" Queensland's abortion laws if it wins government at the 31 October state election.

Speaking to the Brisbane Times today, a spokesman for the LNP shared their plans to "review gestation limits, counselling arrangements and protections against abortion coercion".

Last year the LNP passed a resolution that babies born alive in failed abortions be given medical care.

While Cherish Life welcomes the LNP's concern for the unborn and pregnant women, we are concerned that a "review" is not a commitment to roll back Queensland's abortion laws, and that a review could drag on for many months or even a year. In the meantime, there could be thousands of more babies killed by abortion.

What we would like is quick and decisive legislative action in favour of the unborn. Our current abortion laws are so cruel and extreme they require an axe to be taken to them, not just a few delicate amendments at a later date.

Cherish Life calls on the LNP for a stronger commitment to protecting unborn babies and pregnant women. Meanwhile, the Katter Australian Party (KAP) has strongly stated they will be seeking every opportunity to roll back our state's extreme abortion laws. While the Queensland chapter of One Nation Party (ONP) has been publicly condemning Labor's abortion laws on social media, at the same time the official Qld ONP policy on abortion remains unclear. 

What is clear is that abortion is increasingly becoming an election issue. While it's obvious Labor / Greens must be ousted to have any hope of changing our state abortion laws, the question remains - which individuals and parties will best protect human life? We will update you in future communications as we continue to canvass candidates and parties on their views on life.

UPDATE - the following day on 4 June, former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad vowed to defend the abortion laws.

In response, Cherish Life's Executive Director said (as published in Brisbane Times on 4 June)

'Cherish Life director Teeshan Johnson backed the LNP review claiming the laws were "amongst the most brutal and extreme of abortion laws in the western world". "I don’t know why we are still hearing from Jackie Trad. Thankfully for the unborn and pregnant women, her political days are numbered," Ms Johnson said.
Under the laws a woman does not need to give a reason for having the procedure up to 22 weeks gestation.
It also allowed abortion after 22 weeks with consent from two doctors and required those who were conscientious objectors to refer women to a medical practitioner who would perform a termination.
"The second doctor doesn't have to sight the woman or her file and the approval can merely be a phone call or email," Ms Johnson said.
"There is no requirement for independence from financial gain, in theory it could be one abortionist to another.
"Another very cruel aspect is it contains no safeguards for women considering abortion like counselling, checks for coercion, informed consent conditions and cooling-off periods."
Ms Johnson said the laws also allow for sex-selective abortion,..'
 
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EUTHANASIA DELAY WELCOME, BUT IT AFFIRMS LABOR HAS BECOME A PARTY OF DEATH

"While we acknowledge that the Premier has adhered to due process by referring the draft 'Voluntary Assisted Dying' legislation to the Queensland Law Reform Commission, and has resisted the push from extremists to rush through euthanasia laws, we are still disappointed there is any appetite for euthanasia legislation from the government - especially now that Jackie Trad has gone from Cabinet," Teeshan Johnson, Cherish Life executive director said.
“It's also very disappointing that the Government continues to ignore Queensland’s glaring palliative care deficit, with only one-third of the palliative care specialists needed. This gross neglect needs to be addressed urgently.

“Politically speaking, Labor is already in the doghouse with many voters, including those in Labor heartland, after the passing of brutal abortion-to-birth laws in 2018. This latest killing agenda feeds into the narrative that 'Labor has become the party of death’ and it will be easier to oust them now.

“Such legislation is also particularly dangerous in a state where there is already a massive suicide problem, with the highest rate in Australia. Many jurisdictions where euthanasia has been legalised have reported an increase in non-assisted suicide rates too. The Netherlands, for example, legalised euthanasia in 2002, and its total suicide rate has increased by over 110%, including a rise in the non-assisted suicide rate of 10%. Legalising VAD would lead to more suicides in Queensland, not less.

“If Labor thinks making euthanasia an election issue will win them votes, they are deceived as well as unethical. Unlike abortion which can be a massive vote-swayer, euthanasia support or opposition is neither a vote winner or loser. Victoria is a point in case- Labor politicians who voted against VAD legislation received a 0.02% swing against them and Liberal politicians who supported euthanasia a 0.02% swing against them. The results are negligible and may well be attributed to other factors.

“Once again Labor has crossed a dangerous line, and they will pay for it at the election.”

ENDS 

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BUNDAMBA BY-ELECTION - Pro-abortion Labor loses 11% of primary vote - a pro-life success

On Saturday 28 March, as well as the local council elections, there were two by-elections in the state electorates of Bundamba and Currumbin.

Both electorates had a retiring member who voted against their party's position on the abortion Bill in 2018. In Bundamba, Mrs Jo-Ann Miller was the only Labor MP to vote against the Bill, and in Currumbin, the LNP's Mrs Jann Stuckey, was one of three LNP MPs who voted for Labor's abortion-to-birth Bill.

In Bundamba, Labor pre-selected a hard-left associate of the pro-abortion Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, while One Nation - the only party which could have stolen the seat from Labor according to political analysts - pre-selected a strongly pro-life candidate, Sharon Bell.  

The pro-life fight was on. Going into the by-election, Labor held the seat with a comfortable 71.6% of the two-party preferred vote.

Cherish Life ran a "Put Labor Last" campaign against the new Labor candidate. We letterboxed, ran local advertising, campaigned on social media and worked with local community leaders. A BIG THANK YOU for those wonderful people who letterboxed!

The result was an 11.2% swing against Labor's primary vote, which is particularly significant and large in Labor heartland. About a week prior to the election, a political commentator from Griffith University said that if the swing against Labor in the Bundamba by-election was more than 5%, it would show they have a real problem.  By contrast in the seat of Currumbin, Labor received a 2.7% swing towards it on the primary vote.

While acknowledging there are many factors at play at any election and a by-election is no different, we are still very pleased with the results - it sends a real message to Labor: the killing of human beings (whether born or unborn) has to stop.

At the most recent parliamentary sitting on 22 April, Opposition Leader of Business Jarrod Bleijie pointed out the devastating result for Labor in Bundamba: “I understand why the Labor Party in Queensland would not want to talk about the results in Bundamba, because they were smashed when their own voters turned against them. When you have more Green voters preferencing One Nation in Bundamba, you have real problems in Queensland.”  

It is indeed unheard of to have the majority of Greens voters in any electorate preference One Nation Party ahead of Labor!

Mr Bleijie also said: “If that is replicated across the state in a few months, Labor will be wiped out at the next election.”

The Bundamba by-election, politically speaking, was a gift for Cherish Life to test strategy and messaging leading up to the October 2020 state election. 

Although Labor managed to hold the seat, Bundamba has gone from being Labor's 3rd safest seat to it's 13th safest (from 71.6% to 59.8%). Well done team! Perhaps we'll be able to help unseat Labor in Bundamba at October 2020 state election, provided the candidate most likely to take the seat from Labor is pro-life.

 

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COVID Emergency law used to push DIY home abortions in South Australia

Under South Australia's COVID-19 Emergency Response 2020 Act dangerous DIY "telehealth" home abortions may be legalised early this week via a declaration by the State Emergency Co-ordinator - the Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens.

This Emergency Act, which bypasses all normal democratic processes, has been hijacked by extreme abortion law advocates, who are using it to push their agenda. It actually seems premeditated.

South Australia's pro-abortion Deputy-Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, as well as other pro-abortion politicians, have been on ABC radio in recent weeks singing the praises of "telehealth abortions". It's outrageous. Dangerous killing laws are the last thing South Australians need, particularly at this time.

South Australian residents are encouraged to email the SA Police Commissioner today at [email protected] marking it to the attention of the POLICE COMMISSIONER - GRANT STEVENS in the subject line, asking him to reject this extreme law change.

Points you may like to mention:

- These laws would make pregnant women and girls very vulnerable to domestic violence by effectively making the home an abortion centre. 

- These types of abortions are very dangerous with almost a 10% complication rate. To allow them to occur in the home with no adequate follow-up is particularly dangerous.

- We don't need (or want) dangerous DIY home abortions in our state - tragically there are already state-funded abortions for any reason up to 28 weeks gestation in South Australia. 

- Underage girls would be able to access these abortions without parental consent. It is completely unacceptable.

- Sadly, abortions are already treated as an "essential service" in South Australia even during the COVID-19 pandemic and a woman can easily get an abortion under the current laws.

- This seems a premeditated move by the SA Parliament members who are affiliated with the abortion lobby to have DIY home abortions enshrined in SA law. Such a dangerous and extreme proposed law change should be subject to the democratic process of parliamentary scrutiny and debate. 

SA residents, please urgently email Grant Stevens today: [email protected]

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