New South Wales Liberals seem set to hide behind a left-wing independent to rush through a full decriminalisation of abortion, Flat White understands, bypassing the usual checks and balances applying in such sensitive matters of conscience.
With parliament resuming this week, Clover Moore protégé and Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is set to table a bill to decriminalize abortion in NSW, and to require doctors with conscientious objections to refer patients to those who will perform the grisly procedure.
The legislation has the support of the Health Minister, Brad Hazzard and, Flat White understands, Premier Gladys Berejiklian herself.
However, of even greater consequence is that the Bill will not follow the normal parliamentary processes, the most obvious of which would be to set up of a cross-party committee to investigate the issue.
Not only are forces moving to stop any committee scrutiny, but abortion enthusiasts are even looking to suspend the Legislative Assembly’s normal standing orders to ram it through the house this week.
Flat White believes senior NSW moderate numbers figures are ringing around MPs to shore up support, not only for the Bill, but for its expedited passage into law.
A backlash is swiftly building against abortion supporters, with Rev Dr Peter Barnes, President of Evangelicals for Life and Moderator-General-Designate of the Presbyterian Church of Australia stating:
Both Alex Greenwich and Health Minister Brad Hazzard seek to perpetuate the myth that abortion is about a woman’s reproductive rights and, more insidiously, health care. It is, of course, about killing unborn babies. Life is the most basic right of all, and the urgent business of Parliament should be to protect it rather than to proceed with this bill.
Barnes is correct. The right to life is the most basic human right of all. What’s more, to refer to abortion as a woman’s “reproductive right” is newspeak, precisely because it’s a myth. Because if abortion is decriminalised in NSW then it’s the rights of unborn men and women that are going to be affected most of all.
Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.
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