THE suggestion by PJ Kelly (CL 4/4/10) and Harry Coleman (CL 11/4/10) is good that an organised petition should run throughout Queensland parishes to sway politicians against any future pro-abortion bill.
At the same time, at the risk of repetition, it cannot be over-emphasised that petitions, no matter how many signatures, will have no effect if politicians don’t take a stand against the pro-abortion Emily’s List women politicians who hold direct, powerful influence over the electoral fortunes of other members of parliament, especially in safe Labor seats.
Even a well-organised campaign of petitions in Victoria, approved by our archbishop and other diocesan bishops, proved fruitless.
Why? Because when it came to a vote in our houses of parliament “security of seats” won the day.
For example, one Labor politician and self-confessed Christian and a member of Emily’s List, twisted Christian principles in her speech during the parliamentary debate to rationalise her support for the abortion bill.
If she had opposed it with truth, objectivity and courage, she would have lost her pre-selection for the next election.
There were other similar examples. The Labor politician would have read many letters and seen countless petition signatures (both including mine) against the abortion bill.
The most urgent and effective step that any pro-life Queenslander could take is not just to write letters and sign petitions, but especially to arrange delegations to visit members of parliament entreating them to courageously confront Emily’s List.
This rabidly pro-abortion women’s group is a cancer in our political system.
It doesn’t need my lone voice to point out that if you don’t deal with a disease itself then pain, suffering and loss of innocent life will continue to spread further through the “body politic” and a society already long afflicted with the “culture of death”.
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