“Nearly 1000 people – many of them young – overflowed the steps of Perth’s Parliament House last night,” FamilyVoice WA state director David Lowe said today. “The photo only shows part of the record crowd.
“They were there to proclaim the reality that human life is special; that unborn babies are humans too; that abortion stops a beating heart.”
Dwight Randall is president of the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life which sponsored the rally. He told the crowd the good news that abortion rates in the West are going down.
“In 2002, 25.96% of WA pregnancies were aborted,” he said. “By 2014, that figure had dropped to 19.23%. This means that in WA, abortion is down from 1 in 4 pregnancies to 1 in 5.”
Fourteen WA MPs attended the rally, and six others sent apologies. State MP for Southern River Peter Abetz announced more good news: surveys now show that while 70% of older Australians support abortion, less than 50% of young people do so.
Graham Jacobs, state MP for Eyre, mentioned the good news recently announced by Attorney-General Michael Mischin. WA parents who have lost a baby to miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation can now receive an official document acknowledging their loss, and the name (if any) of the baby.
“Our message that all human life is precious still has a way to go – but it’s getting there!” David Lowe said.
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