Pro-choice equals No-choice

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP addresses the massive crowd in Hyde Park last Sunday. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

This is the text of Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s remarks to the anti-abortion Stand for Life rally in Hyde Park last Sunday 15 September.

They call themselves “pro-choice”: yet what choice do the promoters of the abortion bill offer the unborn? Death, no reason given, up to 22 weeks; death, if two doctors agree, right up to birth; death, even after birth, if the baby escapes the abortion net; death if you are the wrong sex, or have a cleft palate, or are inconvenient. To the baby the Kill Bill says: you have no choice but to be dead. So much for “pro-choice”!

They say they’re pro-choice: yet what choice do the promoters of the Kill Bill offer pregnant women? No counselling, no information-giving, no pregnancy support, no alternative. To women the kill bill says: you have no choice but to abort. So much for “pro-choice”!

Doctors: abort or leave healthcare

They say they’re pro-choice: yet what choice do the Kill Billies offer doctors? Either perform abortions, advertise other providers, or get out of healthcare. To doctors and hospitals the Kill Bill says: you have no choice but to facilitate abortions. So much for “pro-choice”!

They call themselves pro-choice: yet what choice do the promoters of the abortion bill offer our community? They tried to push this bill through, without parliamentary scrutiny, without a public inquiry, without consultation with constituents, no amendments, no compromise. To MPs and citizens the Kill Bill says: get with the abortion industry’s dream bill or else. So much for “pro-choice”!

No choice but abortion

Whether you’re an unborn baby, a distressed pregnant woman, a doctor, MP or citizen: the Kill Billies bullies want you to have no choice but abortion.

I plead today on behalf of human reason, dignity and rights to our community: surely we can do better! I pray today on behalf of women, babies, doctors, citizens to our God: Lord, that we might do better! And I speak today on behalf of God and humanity to our political masters: stand up for life and love; you can do better than this awful bill! “Today I call the heavens and earth as my witnesses,” says the Lord in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your children may live.”

Thousands turned out for the massive rally, delighting organisers who said numbers exceeded expectations. Photo: Giovanni Portelli