Have you ever wondered why so many Churches are silent about abortion?
Having asked numerous Church/conference leaders to host pro life events/speakers over the last three years, the response received is often underwhelming and usually one of excuses. The reason for this avoidance is actually admirable and because they are kind hearted - they do not want to add further pain or discomfort to women and men (in their congregations) who may have been affected directly or indirectly by abortion. Statistically, that would be one woman in every three, sitting in their pews each week. But does this silence actually contribute to the culture of abortion we have in Australia?
For a week in September (23rd-30th), Church leaders have a wonderful opportunity to meet two Christian ladies from Operation Outcry (U.S), who will be available to share their powerful abortion and healing testimonies. They will also discuss why it is imperative for Churches to be prepared to tackle the ugly problem of abortion, for the sake of people in their congregations and in their wider communities. There will also be information on hand, for support that is available in Australia for women pre or post abortion.
Church leader forums will be held:
* Warragul (Victoria) - Friday, Sep 23, 10am - 12pm. Warragul Church of Christ, 155 Bowen Street, Warragul - Light lunch provided. RSVP: Kirsten: 0402 220 445
* Bendigo - Friday, Sep 23, 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, 113-123 Mackenzie St West, Golden Square.
* Mildura - Sunday, Sep 25, 1:30 pm. River Edge Church, River Road, Merbein. Coffee and cake provided.
For more information, please contact Sonja: email@example.com or 0428 313 931
What do you think?
Do you believe that...
1) Babies in the womb deserve protection?
2) Women should be offered support / counselling when considering an abortion?
3) Parental consent should be required for a teenager seeking an abortion (as with piercings)?
4) Abortion up until birth should be banned?
5) Babies born alive (after failed abortions) should be provided with medical care?
6) Suspected sexual abuse of minors seeking abortions should be reported?
7) Partial birth abortions (banned in the U.S) should be banned in Victoria?
8) There should be a "cooling off" period for women considering late term abortion?
9) Abortion should be unthinkable or at least rare?
You might be surprised to learn that all of the Greens, many of the ALP and some Liberal MPs (including the current Vic Premier, Ted Bailleu) rejected each of the amendments included in the questions above (questions 2 -8).
Peter Kavanagh, former DLP MP was in Parliament when this abortion bill was passed. Hear his description here, along with comments from Melissa Ohden
Members of the current Victorian Government have indicated that they are waiting to hear from the public, before they can act to repeal this law. To motivate Victorian MPs we must run a strong and constant campaign.
Please write to them and ask that they repeal the abortion law of 2008 and reinstate protection for the unborn and their mothers.
If you are part of a mother's group, men's shed night, youth group, Church, social club or family... then why not organise a letter writing hour? If you can,please write or email numerous times.
What are we waiting for?!!
Vic Premier -Ted Bailleu:
Office of the Premier
1 Treasury Place
GPO Box 4912V V
Phone: (03) 9651 5000
TTY (for the hearing impaired only): (03) 9682 4864
Email contact form: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/contact.html
Leader of the National Party - Peter Ryan:
54B Cunninghame Street SALE 3850.
P.O. Box 145,
Phone: (03) 5144 1987
Fax: (03) 5144 7086
Email contact form: http://www.peterryan.com.au/contact-us
Attorney General - Robert Clark:
24 Rutland Road, BOX HILL Vic 3128.
Phone: (03) 9898 6606
Fax: (03) 9890 7180.
If you live in Victoria, please send a message, phone or visit your local MP.
Please contact the Upper House Members in your region.
You're invited to join us for an intensive, educational and encouraging weekend learning how to better serve women and families in pregnancy-related distress, featuring talks and workshops from experienced PPH staff and special guest speakers from several relevant fields. Whether you are interested in serving on the PPH team, or simply want to know more about ministering to struggling and hurting women in your community, you are... welcome to join us for this inspiring and empowering event.
Camp Wattle Grove, Kelvin Rd, August 26-28
Check in begins at 6pm Friday for a 7pm start (please note, we will not be serving dinner on Friday evening, only supper) and the weekend concludes at 3pm on Sunday.
$110 registration (GST inclusive) per person includes two nights accomodation in twin share rooms or family suites, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday as well as morning and afternoon teas and supper. Each participant will also be supplied with training materials from each session. As several sessions will be based on the LOVE Manual, it is strongly recommended that you have your own copy for the weekend- they can be aquired from PPH for a suggested donation of $20 each to cover photocopying costs. There will be additional optional resources available for sale on the weekend.
Time is short, so please contact Pregnancy Problem House on 9344 8337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for further information.