Our May-June wrap up!
On Saturday May 26th in Perth, hundreds came together for the annual Rally for Life. This year was a significant and sobering year, given it was the 20th anniversary since the legalisation of abortion in Western Australia. Australian Christians and the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life paid tribute to the 165,000 aborted babies through a display of thousands of white crosses laid at the Supreme Court Gardens. The members who voted to oppose the bill twenty years ago were honoured and their moral standing, strikes boldness into our hearts to continue to do what is morally just. These Christian voices in government are vital to keep accountability.
In the United States, we have recently seen President Trump defund abortion and we find courage in this important step. As well as news that 3.5 million Argentines rallied against abortion this month in 117 cities. Another crucial pro-life voice is parliamentarian Nick Goiran who continues to fight for an enquiry for the 27 babies left to die in Western Australia. May the issue of abortion continue to inflame passionate opposition over the next twenty years. WA Today column writer Nathan Hondros on the issue recently wrote “We should not shy away from this, just because the issue is so heart-rending we’d rather not hear about it”. Thankfully Queensland continues to be a strong pro-life state, opposing abortion strongly with almost 12,000 people signing the latest parliamentary position.
Our most vulnerable are those who cannot speak for themselves, the unborn and the men 85 years of age and over in Australia who are the most at risk of suicide. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the suicide rate among these men was 39.3 per 100,000 males as opposed to women of the same age it was 5.7 per 100,000 females. Instead of playing God through euthanasia, elderly Australian’s deserve better care and better funding for quality palliative care services. For medical professionals to depart from their oath “first do no harm” is ethically backwards. Legalising euthanasia would present grave dangers, considering the precedents as seen in other countries, expanding euthanasia to non-terminal illnesses. We believe every Australian should have the right to caring, compassionate and expert medical care until life’s natural end without discrimination as to age, disability or ability to pay.
There is a very clear demarcation between giving good compassionate medical care to the very end of a patient’s life and deliberate interference or assistance for the express purpose of ending that life. Legalising euthanasia and especially Physician Assisted Suicide sends a wrong message to people – especially the young – that it is okay to want to die and acceptable to kill yourself if things seem too tough.
With suffering in our world, we can’t ignore what we see and hear, Christians are here to carry God’s manifest presence to hurting and suffering people. In the words of Peter John Kreeft PhD as quoted in Lee Strobel’s Case for Faith, “The answer to suffering cannot just be an abstract idea, because this isn’t an abstract issue; it’s a personal issue. It requires a personal response. The answer must be someone, not just something, because the issue involves someone – God where are you? Jesus is sitting there beside us in the lowest places of our lives. Are we broken? He was broken, like bread for us. Do we cry out that we can’t take it anymore? He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Does he descend into all of our hells? Yes he does. Every tear we share becomes his tear. He may not wipe them away yet, but he will. He’s what we really need. Should we face the legalisation of euthanasia, our response to those suffering needs to be of greater awareness and compassion. Please continue to pray for the end of life choices legislation due to be debated in August in Western Australia.
At this time we await the report from the expert panel assigned to examine the right to freedom of religion. We believe with these freedoms, comes the ability to mutually respect each other. It is easy to begin to pit yourself against someone who disagrees with you, however we all need to have value for people whose view we oppose. With the recent changes to the Marriage Act we find ourselves in a position where we need a special law that grants protection to hold and express our beliefs without fear of punishment. Please continue to pray for the restoration of these vital freedoms, that allow Australian individuals free will to express the faith of their choosing.
Australian Christians will always aim to fill MP seats in the Upper House because these are the positions of influence, where Christian voices are desperately needed. We need to be an influence where legislation is debated and voted upon, Christian voices for values must be present.
We have a Federal Election coming up next year, as well as by elections shortly in Perth and Fremantle, and we encourage you to get involved as a volunteer. If you are voting in coming weeks, we ask you to be informed and Vote 1 #AustralianChristians. If you are on social media, share our news stories and media and encourage others to access AC’s How To Vote Cards on vote1ac.com
We have a strong voice when we are united together!
Maryka and WA Team!