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A group of more than 140 international medical professionals has met in Dublin and concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.
The Symposium was organised by the Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare, chaired by Prof Eamon O’Dwyer.
Read more about the Committee, and the Symposium, on the Committee's website.
The Symposium released the Dublin Declaration last weekend. It reads:
"As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
Irish Times reports, "Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confirmation” to doctors and legislators dealing with these issues. . . Other members of the committee include Dr John Monaghan, Dr John Greene and palliative care nurse specialist Sinéad Dennehy."
The Irish Times says Dr Eoghan de Faoite, a spokesman for the group, told them that, although some of the medical professionals have opposed abortion in the past, it was not part of any pro-life campaign and that “All organisers were involved in their professional capacity and were not here to represent any pro-life position."
Read media report: Forum in Dublin on maternal health, Irish Times, 20 Sept 2012.
Read Lifesite News report: Abortion “absolutely never medically necessary”: maternal care expert symposium
The Tasmanian government is continuing down the path of 'progressive' changes...
Last week they passed two laws...
* State-based same-sex 'marriage' law - Tasmania already has a 'Relationship Register' law for same-sex (and heterosexual) couples.
Now the state Labor government, led by Lara Giddings, has introduced a Bill to legalise state-based same-sex 'marriage'. The Bill has passed the House of Assembly (lower house) - with Labor and Greens supporting the Bill and the Liberal Party opposing it.
Perhaps it is another consequence of Labor being beholden to the Greens to retain power! Or perhaps it is because of Lara Giddings' personal progressive agenda...
The Bill will now go to the Legislative Council for a debate and vote in a couple of weeks.
Read media report.
Comment: Of course, marriage is a federal responsibility - not a state one - and various legal opinions say this move is actually illegal - if passed, it could be challenged in the High Court.
* Surrogacy law - to allow homosexual and de facto heterosexual couples to get a surrogate to carry a baby for them. The law had been under consideration for a year, and was finally passed by the Legislative Council. Read media report.
This removes the right for children to be raised by their biological mother and father.
Tasmania was the last state to legalise homosexual sexual activity - now they seem to want to be the first to fully endorse homosexual relationships by legalising same-sex 'marriage' and surrogacy. It shows the state of the world we are living in, with God's word about marriage and family increasingly being rejected by society - and governments.
Former High Court Judge Sir Gerard Brennan has said that sharia law poses problems for Australia and that Australia cannot have TWO legal systems.
He made the statements in a recent lecture "in honour of the former law professor Hal Wootten at the University of NSW." The lecture was titled "Lessons from a life in the Law".
Sir Gerard was Chief Justice of the Australian High Court from 1995 to 1998 (source).
The report from the Newsroom at the UNSW appears first, followed by links to other articles.
Read the full speech here (on the UNSW website). [Photo from UNSW article.]
UNSW Newsroom, 24 August 2012.
Former High Court chief justice Gerard Brennan has delivered UNSW Law's annual Hal Wootten lecture, touching on issues from sharia law to the importance of the jury.
In a wide-ranging speech Lessons from a Life in the Law, Sir Gerard warned that there was no room in Australia to introduce sharia law as a parallel legal system, arguing the idea was "misconceived".
He said any move to create legal "pluralism" could undermine the cohesiveness of Australia's multicultural society.
''There have been some suggestions that, following the growth of Islam in Australia, there is room for a pluralistic legal system, a system in which at least some parts of Islamic sharia law might operate as part of Australian law and in parallel with the common law system . . . that suggestion seems to me to be misconceived,'' Sir Gerard said.
"A Muslim is free to adhere to the beliefs, customs and practices prescribed by sharia law insofar as they are consistent with the general law in force in this country," he said. However, "no court could apply and no government could administer two parallel systems of law, especially if they reflect, as they inevitably would reflect, different fundamental standards".
Sir Gerard also defended the role of the jury in the modern legal system.
"The collective wisdom of twelve jurors and the innate sense of fairness in our people is a solid bastion against injustice. After some experience in criminal cases, I recall only one instance of a jury whose verdict I suspected.
"To be sure, there can be miscarriages of justice but, when it comes to the determination of the ultimate issues in a trial, the wisdom born of the various life experiences of twelve jurors is likely to be greater than the wisdom of a single judge, however experienced and learned the judge may be," Sir Gerard said.
Read the full speech here.
Other media reports:
Sharia 'undermines our multiculturalism'
by: Nicola Berkovic -From: The Australian - August 24, 2012
FORMER High Court chief justice Gerard Brennan believes there is no room in Australia for sharia law to operate in parallel with the nation's legal system, arguing that suggestions to the contrary are "misconceived".
Brennan dismisses idea of plural legal system
Lawyers Weekly - 24 August, 2012 Leanne Mezrani
Former High Court chief justice Sir Gerard Brennan dismissed the suggestion that Islamic Sharia law could operate in parallel with Australian law at a university lecture last night (23 August).
At the annual Hal Wootten Lecture, held at the University of NSW law school, Brennan said the idea of adopting a pluralistic legal system that recognises Sharia law is "misconceived".
Sharia poses problems, says judge
Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2012 - Geesche Jacobsen - Legal Affairs Reporter
"No court could apply and no government could administer two parallel systems of law" ... former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan.
THE idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ''misconceived'' and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night...."
The same-sex 'marriage' debate is NOW underway in the federal parliament.
For more info on the three Bills, see our Campaign Page.
Debate on the private member's bill put forward by ALP MP Stephen Jones resumed last night (Monday, 20 August) in the House of Representatives. The Bill is called the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.
This webpage gives an overview of the Bill and relevant dates. The Bill was introduced and had its second reading on 2 February before being sent off to a Committee. Now the second reading debate has resumed. Last night five more MPs spoke on the Bill - 2 in favour and three against. Read Hansard debate - pages 124 to 128 - click here.
It is not clear when a vote will be held.
PLEASE contact your OWN federal MP - and ask them to vote AGAINST the Bill. Tell them you are in their electorate when you write - and include your full name and address.
Click here for MP contact details.
If you don't know the name of your MP, go to this AEC page.
The same-sex 'marriage' Bill put up by Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is expected to be debated on Thursday this week (23 August) during 'private member's time'.
The Bill is the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010.
Please contact your 12 State senators (2 in ACT and NT).
Please ask your Senators to vote against this Bill.
Contact details for Senators - click here then click on your 'state' on the map of Australia.
The federal parliament has resumed after the winter break - the parliament will SOON be considering the three bills that aim to legalise same-sex 'marriage'. [More info on our Campaign page.]
It's time to be contacting your federal MP and Senators in earnest! See the ACTION section for details.
Today is the National Marriage Day rally in Canberra - marking the inclusion of the definition of marriage as the union of 'a man and a woman voluntarily entered into for life'! [Info here.]
* If you aren't attending the rally, please pray for those speaking and pray that politicians will hear the message.
VIDEO: The slippery slope...
We've often talked about the slippery slope - and there is definitely a 'slippery slope' regarding marriage and the legalisation of same-sex 'marriage' around the world. Peter and I have prepared a short video on the 'slippery slope':
ACTION: NOW please contact your federal MP and your 12 State Senators. Ask them to vote AGAINST same-sex 'marriage'. Info and contact details - click here.