Abortion Ultrasound

Southern River MLA Peter Abetz has written on June 29, 2010 an article which puts forward the idea that before a woman can have an abortion, she be required to see what is in her womb by means of an ultrasound. She should then be given 48 hours to think about it, before being able to proceed. Mr Abetz first put forward the idea at a recent rally commemorating the 12th anniversary of legal abortion in Western Australia that was attended by approximately 800 people.

Fresh Start (Naltrexone) Clinic director Dr George O’Neil is also quoted as supporting the idea saying that it will give women an informed perspective.

To read the article visit: http://www.wangle.com.au/vip/why-raise-the-abortion-issue-again

To support Mr Abetz’s idea for more information for perspective mothers leave your comments at the bottom of the article.

Previously Mr Abetz voiced his views on the ultrasound on SonshineFM. To listen to Abetz speak on abortion and the ultrasound see: http://sonshinefm.ws/aod/listennow.cfm?ID=3197

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POSTED 30 Jun 2010
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Rights Agenda

A June 9, 2010 report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Paul Sheehan said that the Fed Govt was introducing a stealth version of the charter of human rights. The Govt said in May it would not introduce a Human Rights Bill. However, in early June it tabled the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 which is designed to increase the parliamentary scrutiny of legislation. If passed by parliament, the bill will establish a new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights which will be responsible for making sure that all new bills introduced into Parliament are compatible with Australia’s international human rights treaties. Saltshakers has expressed concern with the legislation. However, the Australian Christian Lobby and the Human Rights Commission welcomed the bill.

For SMH article: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/rudds-electoral-cracks-about-to-open-further-20100609-xugc.html?autostart=1

For ACL comments: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2010/06/a-g-introduces-human-rights-scrutiny-laws/

HR Commission comments: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/52_10.html

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010

Tassie Greens

The ACL reports in its June 24 e-news that the Tasmanian Attorney-General, Lara Giddings, has indicated a progressive law reform agenda which includes legalising euthanasia, a charter of rights, introducing surrogacy laws and ‘reforming’ sex industry laws. The ACL Tasmanian Director Nick Overton said he was concerned that the Govt was promoting the Green party agenda.

For ACL media statement: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2010/06/acl-questions-greens%E2%80%99-influence-on-tasmanian-government%E2%80%99s-euthanasia-stance/

For Lara Giddings agenda statement: http://www.media.tas.gov.au/release.php?id=29810

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Made by God

Outreach media has developed a poster for Churches which has on it the words: Made by God. Bible verse: Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” To see poster and read more: http://www.outreachmedia.org.au/posterArchive/june2010.php

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Christian Decline?

The West Australian reported June 15, 2010 on a survey undertaken by the Christian Research Association that found a big decline in Christians in Australia. The survey found that only 16% attend a religious service at least once a month, compared to 23% in 1993.

Meanwhile, in what has been described as a miracle, the number of people wanting to become priests has undergone a revival. Only a few years ago the Catholic Church was getting close to closing down its seminaries with dwindling numbers of people studying for the priesthood. Father Anthony Percy is quoted as attributing the increased interest to a postmodern world lacking in beliefs and values. “Many young people are seeking something solid,” he said. The World Youth Days also may have led to an increase in interest.

For Christian decline story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/7399215/australians-losing-the-faith/

For Catholic priest revival: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=21781

Or: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/search-for-meaning-seeds-bumper-crop-of-priests/story

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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40 Days for Life

The pro-life campaign that seeks to end abortion, 40 Days for Life, will run in Perth for the first time in 2011. To register your interest in assisting with the Perth 2011 campaign contact Brad Taylor brad@flamethrowers.org or PO Box 3304 Midland WA 6056. For more: www.40daysforlife.com

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Poor Show

Fifteen people viewed the Make it Count debate hosted at the John Calvin Christian College on Monday 21 June, 2010 by the Association for Reformed Political Action and the Social and Political Youth Study Club. The debate was between Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd and was organised and broadcast by the Australian Christian Lobby. It was viewed over the internet by tens of thousands of Christians in hundreds of churches across Australia. Besides providing Christians with the opportunity to hear their leaders speak on issues that concern them, the aim of the Make it Count event is to give a clear demonstration, by way of numbers, that Christians care about what is happening in their country.

For more: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2010/06/%E2%80%982010-make-it-count%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-prime-minister-and-opposition-leader-respond-to-christian-concerns/

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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NT Intervention

The ‘2009 Survey of Government Business Managers relating to the Impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response’, conducted by TNS Social Research, has been released. It measures the opinions of Government Business Managers in 62 Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) communities and five prescribed town camps. The findings showed that 32% believed the level of violence has decreased since the intervention started in 2007. The survey also found that many reported that there has been a decrease in petrol sniffing. An earlier survey reported in Gleanings in January indicated that the health of the aboriginals in the NT has improved since the intervention. From July 1, the Racial Discrimination Act will be reapplied in the Northern Territory. The Racial Discrimination Act was put aside for the intervention so that alcohol and pornography restrictions could be applied in communities which were experiencing high levels of violence.

For more on the survey results: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/nter_report_22june10.aspx

For the January Indigenous Health results: http://christiangleanings.com/2010/01/indigenous-health/

On the re-applying of the Racial Discrimination Act: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/jm_m_rda_22june2010.aspx

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Refugee Facts

The UN’s High Commission for Refugees released this month its annual report on refugees. It shows the number of displaced people worldwide is the highest since the 1990s. There are 43.3m people forcibly displaced around the world. Pakistan has the most refugees with 1.7m ppl. Africa has 40% of displaced people in the world. Four in five refugees are in developing countries. The report shows that Canada has 169,000 refugees and 61,170 asylum seekers. Australia has 22,548 refugees and 2350 asylum seekers. The Netherlands has 76008 refugees, 16245 asylum seekers and 5034 stateless persons.

For more data: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jun/15/refugee-statistics-unhcr

For the report: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AonYZs4MzlZbdEYwbEhxYnBJcExFVll4RzdkeDN1bVE#gid=1

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Salo Fight

The Australian Christian Lobby, FamilyVoice Australia and Liberal senators Julian McGauran and Guy Barnett are appealing to the Federal Court against the release of the 1975 film Salo in Australia. Salo depicts the kidnapping, torture and sexual abuse of minors.

For FamilyVoice media release: http://www.fava.org.au/content/156/34-10

News report: http://www.smh.com.au/national/christian-groups-want-ban-on-1975-film-reinstated-20100615-ydb3.html

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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