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.”