Monday, 18 November 2013

Pray for Tasmania and Canberra

I wanted to alert readers briefly of two events, one (hopefully!) positive, one not happening tomorrow that need your fervent prayers.

First the positive - tomorrow is the installment of Canberra-Goulburn's new Archbishop, so please do keep Archbishop-elect Christopher Prowse in your prayers.  And if you can't get to the ceremony, it will be livestreamed (from 10.45am).  **You can read an interview with him in The Canberra Times (nothing startling, all very Francis-PC!).

Secondly, I've received an alert from a reader that the debate on Tasmania's proposed extremist abortion bill, aka the Tasmanian Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) bill, is going to be debated in the Tasmanian Legislative Council tomorrow (Tuesday).  The bill proposes, amongst many other things, hefty fines and even jail for protesters at abortion clinics, and attempts to force medical professionals to refer patients to pro-abortion doctors and counsellors.  You can read more in The Examiner.



2 comments:

HolyCatholicApostoli said...

Unfortunately, the abortion bill passed the upper house 9 votes to 5 yesterday.
Read more here:
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1925158/tasmania-leads-nation-as-abortion-bill-passed/?cs=95
(Warning: pro-abortion article)
How MPs voted:
FOR: Pembroke Liberal MLC Vanessa Goodwin, Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest, Hobart MLC Rob Valentine, Western Tiers MLC Greg Hall, Huon MLC Paul Harris, Apsley MLC Tania Rattray, Mersey MLC Mike Gaffney, Derwent Labor MLC Craig Farrell and Rosevears MLC Kerry Finch


AGAINST: Windermere MLC Ivan Dean, Launceston MLC Rosemary Armitage, Montgomery Liberal MLC Leonie Hiscutt, Rumney MLC Tony Mulder and Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor.

HolyCatholicApostoli said...

Archbishop Julian Porteous has written the following piece:
http://hobart.catholic.org.au/archbishop/frontpage-message/conscience-guardian-moral-integrity

The following is an ABC news report :
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-21/tasmanian-mps-take-abortion-out-of-criminal-code/5107678

The Australian Christian Lobby is also considering a high court challenge to the access zones, which ban protests within a 150 m radius of an abortion chamber:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-22/christian-lobby-considers-legal-challenge-to-abortion-clinic-pr/5111464?section=tas