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Tuesday, 29 August 1989
Page: 451

To the Honourable the President of the Senate and the senators in Parliament assembled. The Humble Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That every abortion kills an unborn human body.

That the right to life of all humans is the most fundamental and essential of all human rights.

That the Government's first duty is to protect this right to life.

That the most defenceless and threatened lives are those of unborn babies for whom the Government is duty bound to take extra steps to protect.

That in 1987-88 taxpayers funds through Medicare provided Medical Benefits for 61,879 abortions totalling $6.4 million.

That in the same year Commonwealth grants to the States indirectly financed the deliberate killing of thousands of other unborn babies in State Public Hospitals.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Australian Parliament will carry out its duty to protect the right to life of Australian babies by ceasing to fund abortions through Medicare, restricting grants to the States and by all other means at its disposal.

And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray.