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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1745

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

1.   That grave concern is felt at the imminent introduction into the Commonwealth Parliament of legislation to extend the situations in which abortions may be legally obtained and which will, it is believed, result in a situation in Australia where abortions are available on demand.

2.   That if as some argue the unborn child at the time abortions are performed does not constitute human life, then Justice and reason demand that anyone so arguing has the onus of proof upon him and that this onus has not been discharged.

3.   That all have the right to life and that abortion is not merely another form of contraception but is the deliberate taking of innocent human life.

4.   That while acknowledging that unwanted pregnancies do often present serious problems, the answer lies not in the slaughter of the innocents but in fostering a genuine concern in the well being of all our fellow Australians - with all that entails.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled should not admit into the law of this land a principle which violates a fundamental right, the right to life.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray by Mr Stewart, Mr Connor, Mr Les Johnson, Dr Everingham, Mr Bourchier, Mr Calder, Mr Donald Cameron, MrDavies, Mr Erwin, Mr FitzPatrick, Mr Malcolm Fraser (2), Mr Hamer, Mr Hewson, Mr Holten, Mr Kerin (2), Mr Luchetti, Mr McVeigh, Mr Riordan, Mr Sinclair and Mr Wallis.

Petitions received.

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