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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 2154


Mrs DE-ANNE KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade) (9:55 AM) —I seek leave to table a petition.

Leave granted.


Mrs DE-ANNE KELLY —I thank the opposition for granting leave. It is an irony that, as science reveals more of the natural world to us and gives us extraordinary technological horizons, science also gives us clearer, awe-inspiring and poignant views into God's plan. That is nowhere more evident than in the images of an unborn child in its mother's womb—sucking a thumb, apparently walking—and in the other, cruel images of a child aborted. These confront all of us. I am grateful to thoughtful feminists and others in the pro-choice movement who have acknowledged that the images that we see bring home to us the fact that abortion kills an unborn child.

I think we can now understand the pain and grief of mothers and fathers over the ages who, faced with little choice or poor advice, have had to proceed with aborting a child. I agree with Tony Abbott that 100,000 abortions in Australia a year is nothing short of a national tragedy. If only we were able to offer better education and support and to link these desperate women and their families with couples that wanted to take home a child. I believe that this is one area in Australia where there has just not been enough done to support, help, advise and counsel those who are faced with such horrendous choices.

Today I have tabled a petition which draws to the attention of the House:

The very high incidence of abortion—one for every three live births in Australia today—and the use of health care monies to pay for the destruction of the nation's future children through these abortions.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House take necessary steps to direct those monies to helping mothers and babies instead.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)—In accordance with standing order 275A, the time for members' statements has concluded.