Convenience is Not a Reason to Legalise Abortion

Seeking to legalise abortion because a woman or couple might not be ready to be a parent is a poor argument for legalising abortion in Queensland.

In response to the introduction today of a bill to legalise abortion by Mr Rob Pyne MP, Member for Cairns, Family First Qld have stated they will stand opposed to the bill whilst it is considered by the Queensland Parliament.

Family First spokesperson and former Qld State MP, Mr Seath Holswich, outlined Family First’s opposition to this bill.

“In introducing this bill to the Parliament, Mr Pyne stated that abortion should be an option where a woman or couple believe they are not ready to become parents.”

“This is an unacceptable justification for such a permanent act.”

“The choice to abort an unborn child, which science tells us already has all the characteristics and features of any human being, has a lasting impact on the parents and obviously fatal consequences for the unborn child.”

“We should be taking more steps as a society to ensure women and couples never get to a point where abortion needs to be considered as a viable option.”

“This bill should be rejected by the Parliament, in favour of a more comprehensive discussion about providing support and education for women, couples and youth about parenting, pregnancy and their options in the case of an unexpected pregnancy.”

“Coupled with this debate, we should also be debating the current adoption practices in Queensland and how reform could potentially open up more options for women and couples in the case of unexpected pregnancies.”

Seath Holswich, Spokesperson, Family First Qld

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

In introducing his bill to legalise abortion to the State Parliament this week, the Member for Cairns argued that abortion should be an option where women and couples feel they are not ready to have a child.

If we are legalising such a permanent act as abortion based on the way it will impact someone’s lifestyle, then we are walking a dangerous moral tightrope.

The choice to abort an unborn child, which science tells us already has all the characteristics and features of any human being, has a lasting impact on the parents and obviously fatal consequences for the unborn child.

Instead of taking this ill-informed step, this bill should be rejected by the Parliament and we should be having a more comprehensive discussion about providing support and education for women, couples and youth about parenting, pregnancy and their options in the case of an unexpected pregnancy. Legalising abortion is not in the best interests of anyone in our society.

Seath Holswich, Family First Qld Spokesperson, Former Qld MP