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Wednesday, 16 May 1973
Page: 2163

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 consti tute 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 preg nancies 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 Grassby, Mr Adermann, Mr Donald Cameron, Mr Cooke, Mr Corbett, Sir John Cramer, Mr Fulton, Dr Gun, Mr James, Mr King, Mr Luchetti, Mr McVeigh, Mr Nicholls, and Mr Eric Robinson.

Petitions received.

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