Canadian MPs investigation Call Into 491 babies left to Die

A number of Canadian MPs have sent a letter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner, Bob Paulson, calling for an inquiry into possible breaches of the Criminal Code, relating to homicide. According to the Canadian Criminal Code, a child is considered to be a human being and a person after proceeding fully from the mother;’s womb. For letter and information from the ARPA Canada click here.

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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ARPA Christian Political Engagement Breakfast

With the State Election coming up in March 2013, the Association for Reformed Political Action has organised a breakfast on Christian political engagement: practical tips and pitfalls. It will be held 8.30-10.30am, 2 Feb 2013 at ‘the Gong’, Free Reformed Church of Armadale.

Guest Speakers:

Gary Kleyn (WA Director, Australian Christians – formally the Christian Democratic Party),

Rhys Vallance (WA Director, Australian Christian Lobby),

Peter Abetz MLA (Member for Southern River) and

Hon. Nick Goiran MLC (Member for the South Metropolitan Region).

RSVP to Emma Bax (0408 478 889 or emma.bax@iinet.net.au)

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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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ARPA WA Abortion Petition Fails

A petition that was tabled in the State Parliament early this year has been rejected by the investigating parliamentary committee. The Environment and Public Affairs Committee, of the State Parliament, rejected the petition’s call for an inquiry into abortions carried out in WA. The petition, signed by almost 800 people was the subject of the committee inquiry.

The committee consists of Lynn MacLaren MLC, Colin Holt MLC, Brian Ellis MLC, Kate Doust MLC and Phil Edman MLC. The committee’s contact details are:

GPO Box A11, Perth WA 6837

To read the petition, the submission by the tabling member of parliament, Nick Goiran, the submission by the lead petitioner, Warnar Spyker and the response by the Health Minister, Kim Hames click here and scroll down to petition No. 153. For a related petition, scroll down to petition 127 (A request to inquire into Late Term Abortions).

The contact details for the Health Minister Kim Hames are:

kim.hames@mp.wa.gov.au, (08) 6552 5300, PO Box 5551 Falcon WA 6210.

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Abortion Campaign

About 750 people attended the Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life in Perth on May 22, 2012 which was organised by the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life. The 11 politicians that attended urged people to continue to praying for an end to abortion. Southern River MLA Peter Abetz said the womb had become the most dangerous place for young children to be. The West Australian’s Natasha Boddy wrote about the event.

Those MPs that attended the rally are:

• Nick Goiran MLC
• Michelle Roberts MLA
• Peter Abetz MLA
• Margaret Quirk MLA
• Graham Jacobs MLA
• Bill Johnson MLA
• Helen Bullock MLC
• Tony Krsticevic MLA
• Phil Edman MLC
• Jim Chown MLC
• Alyssa Haydon MLC

Apologies received:
• Kate Doust MLC,
• Ed Dermer MLC,
• Tom Stephens MLA,
• Helen Morton MLC,
• Donna Faragher MLC,
• Vince Catania MLA,
• Liz Behjat MLC
• Ken Wyatt MHR.

Action: As part of its annual May-June 2012 abortion theme, the Association for Reformed Political Action is asking people to thank the MPs that attended the rally, encouraging them to continue campaigning against the current abortion laws.

Action: the Association for Reformed Political Action is asking people to host a letter writing evening. For info email apra@frca.org.au

Meanwhile, Nick Goiran MLC, on May 23, 2012 Hansard page 3032-3044, spoke in Parliament for the need for an inquiry into the 14 live births of children that were aborted.   Following last year’s rally around 5000 signatures were collected which called for the inquiry. Following an investigation by the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs, the committee decided to reject the petitioners call for an inquiry. Sitting on the committee is the Hon. Brian Ellis, Kate Doust, Phil Edman, Col Holt and Lynn MacLaren.

However, Goiran said in his speach to parliament that it is concerning to everyone if children that are born alive are not saved. In 2011 there were 47 induced abortions carried out at 20 weeks or more in WA. To view the Health Minister Dr Kim Hames’ response to the inquiry call, which he sent to the committee click here.

The Environment and Public Affairs Committee is now considering a petition presented by the Association for Reformed Political Action which called for an inquiry into the social and ethical impact that as resulted from the legalisation of abortion in 1998. The committee can be contacted at: mwarner@parliament.wa.gov.au or 92227410 or by post to GPO Box A11, Perth WA 6837.

The ARPA petition and its submission can be viewed here. (petition number 153). see also the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life petition No. 127)

Action: FamilyVoice is urging people to write to their local members in the upper and lower house, calling for an inquiry into the 14 live births of aborted children. Christian leaders say that it is necessary for MPs to hear, in the lead up to an election, that no Western Australian should be left to die without medical treatment.

To read real stories from real woman regarding their abortion experience see the websites below:

4teenz.com.au

teenbreaks.com

standupgirl.com

bravefoundation.org.au

notbornyet.com

lovematters.com 

youroptions.com

 

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Perth Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life

The Remembrance Walk and Rally for Life will be held tonight, May 22, 2012. The Coalition for the Defence of Human Life and the Association for Reformed Political Action is encouraging people to attend this rally. It will commence at 7pm at King’s Park with prayers over the city for an end to abortion, followed by a walk to Parliament House.

To find out why making your voice heard on this issue is so important and how it makes a difference, read an inspiring article published May 20, 2012 by CultureWatch’s Bill Muehlenberg titled Winning the Abortion Battle

In Ottowa, Canada, the March for Life 2012 attracted a record 19,500 people breaking last year’s record of 15,000. ARPA Canada co-sponsored a Reformed Worship Service before the march began. The service was led by Rev John van Popta, pastor the Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church.

For more details on the Perth event: http://www.facebook.com/events/297534823652593/

For story on the Canadian March from Lifesitenews.com click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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ARPA talks

The secretary of the Association for Reformed Political Action, Warnar Spyker, spoke to the congregation meeting of the Free Reformed Church of Byford on Feb 27. Mr Spyker spoke about the aims of ARPA, the different legislation that was going through the Federal and State Parliaments and encouraged attendees to get involved. To organise ARPA to speak to your congregation email arpa@frca.org.au. for more on ARPA via Facebook click here.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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ARPA Tasmania

The Association for Reformed Political Action has formed a separate branch in Tasmania. It was formed at a meeting in October where Kevin Swarts delivered a presentation on gambling and the impact it has on the community. Tasmania MP Rene Hidding also spoke at the meeting about some of the issues around Parliament, Government and cabinet. The Tasmanian ARPA committee consists of Will Groenewold, Harold Jonker, Alice Kroeze, Kevin Swarts, John van Asperen, Dirk Veltkamp and Sean Eikelboom.

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Bill Muehlenberg Talks

The Association for Reformed Political Action, together with the Social and Political Youth Social Club is hosting the “Culture Wars” lecture series with guest speaker Bill Muehlenberg.

The Culture Wars: Christian Culture under Attack

Lecture 1 (Nov 30, 2011@8pm): Attack from Other religions

Lecture 2 (Dec 1, 2011@8pm): Attack from Secularists.

Both lectures will be held at the Kelmscott Free Reformed Church, Lake Road, Kelmscott. A collection will be held at the lectures to contribute to the funding of Bill’s work.

For more on Bill Muehlenberg visit his CultureWatch blog at www.billmuehlenberg.com

Further information:  email arpa@frca.org.au

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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WA Prostitution

People have until July 29 to make comment on the draft bill which could be tabled in Parliament in August. The Australian Christian Lobby says it is still a good time to write to local MPs. The proposed prostitution model will, for the first time, legalise prostitution in WA.

Comments can be made by email to: prostitution_reform_feedback@justice.wa.gov.au

Or by post:

Prostitution Reform Feedback
Department of the Attorney General
GPO Box F317, PERTH WA 6841.

For details on draft bill: http://www.department.dotag.wa.gov.au/L/legislation.aspx

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign. To send your local MP a letter using the Make it Stand website see: http://www.makeastand.org.au/campaign/index.php?campaign_id=38

As at June 17, 452 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and other Christian organisations are asking people to write to their local State MP.

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POSTED 21 Jul 2011
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Abortion Rally

On May 24, about 550 people attended the Perth Rally for Life organised by the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life.

MPs that attended:

  • Hon Helen Bullock MLC (Labor – Mining & Pastoral).
  • Hon Michelle Roberts MLA (Labor – Member for Midland)
  • Mr Bill Johnston MLA (Labor – (Member for Cannington)
  • Hon Nick Goiran MLC (Liberal – South Metropolitan)
  • Mr Peter Abetz, MLA, (Liberal – (Member for Southern River)
  • Mr Frank Alban, MLA, (Member for Swan Hills)
  • Mr Peter Abetz, (Liberal, MLA – Southern River)
  • Mr Ian Britza, (Liberal, MLA – Morley)
  • Tony Krsticevic, (Liberal, MLA – Carine)
  • Dr Graham Jacobs, (Liberal, MLA – Eyre)
  • Margaret Quirk, Labor, (MLA Member for Girrawheen)

Apologies:

  • The Hon Ed Dermer MLC (Labor – North Metropolitan)
  • Hon Kate Doust MLC (Labor – South Metropolitan)
  • Mr Vince Catania, (MLA (National, North West)

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action is asking people to write to their State parliamentarians in the upper and lower houses, thanking those that attended or sent in their apologies to the recent Perth Rally for Life held to call for changes to the abortion laws. It is also asking that people write to those parliamentarians that did not attend, to consider doing so next year. It is asking people to consider co-hosting letter writing evenings along with ARPA. For more information email:arpa@frca.org.au

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POSTED 27 Jun 2011
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