Bishop Supports Abortion Protesters

THE Catholic Church’s most senior local figure has weighed into the campaign to end protests outside an Albury abortion clinic.

He said yesterday he was unaware of any evidence of unlawful actions or intimidatory behaviour by protesters towards people attending the clinic as suggested by those leading the campaign, including Dr Pieter Mourik.

Border Mail 13 February, 2014

Albury City Council Clarifies Their Position to Mourik and Friends

Pieter Mourik claimed in the Border Mail today that he had council support for his plan to shut down the freedom to protest peacefully in front of the Albury abortion clinic.  Albury City Council press release:

 

Tuesday 11 February 2014

 

Council clarifies protesting issue

AlburyCity has advised organisers of a petition seeking the banning of protesting outside a medical clinic in Englehardt Street to table their petition with State Government.

AlburyCity Mayor Cr Kevin Mack confirmed that the State Government was better positioned to legislate for the exclusion zones being sought by petitioners, not the local Council.

“This is not a debate about personal opinions or beliefs, it’s a matter of law and in this circumstance the State Government is the most suitable authority for implementing and enforcing legislation,” he said. “Our powers under the Local Government legislation are limited in dealing with these matters so we have encouraged the organisers to take up their cause with, and present their petition to, the State Government.”

“We support their right to petition. We support the right of anyone to participate in a peaceful protest, and we support the right for anyone to seek medical assistance free from harassment. The issue is not something that can be resolved by a Council by-law. This is a complex social issue that goes far beyond Albury and it’s important that groups work with the relevant tier of Government. In this case, it is the State Government.”

Mayor Mack said that any patrons of the clinic who experienced intimidation, violence and anti-social behaviour needed to immediately contact Police. AlburyCity has consulted with NSW Police on this matter and they have indicated that any concerns in this regard should be directed to their officers.

Street Activities Policy
AlburyCity’s Street and Outdoor Activities Policy does not currently allow for the establishment of exclusion zones around selected properties. The Street and Outdoor Activities Policy regulates street advertising and promotion, building access, infrastructure, articles and on street dining but does not apply to congregations of people. Laws relating to public protesting are legislated by the Commonwealth and the State, and most appropriately enforced by the Police.

 

 

 

 

Press Release from the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants:

The Helpers, with the support of the local church and the Bishop Gerard Hanna, the Bishop of Wagga Wagga, will be formulating a counter petition stating that the right to protest lawfully should be protected and upheld.

 

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants maintain our lawful right to peacefully and prayerfully protest outside the Albury Abortion Clinic.  The Helpers have offered information and help (practical, emotional and financial) to hundreds of women facing a crisis pregnancy over the last 15 years.  The Helpers believe that every person we meet should be treated with dignity.   There have been false allegations and emotive arguments used in the media to confuse the community about what the Helpers do.   The Helpers have always conducted themselves lawfully and do not harass, obstruct or abuse any person attending the clinic but rather offer practical assistance and emotional support to those facing real problems in their lives. The abortion clinic maintains full surveillance of their property and have never produced any evidence to support their spurious claims.  The abortion clinic loses money when their customers decide to accept our offers of assistance. Victorian Dr Pieter Mourik, and his supporters would like to remove the democratic right to protest in relation to abortion. This is a dangerous precedent. Once the right to protest is excluded for one specific issue, the right to protest any issue is likely to be denied by people in power who will decide what issues are and are not acceptable to them and able to be protested. The Helpers, with the support of the local church and the Bishop Gerard Hanna, the Bishop of Wagga Wagga, will be formulating a counter petition stating that the right to protest lawfully should be protected and upheld.

Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry-April 2013

Objective: There have been debates about the linkages between abortion and mental health. Few reviews have considered the extent to which abortion has therapeutic benefits that mitigate the mental health risks of abortion. The aim of this review was to conduct a re-appraisal of the evidence to examine the research hypothesis that abortion reduces rates of mental health problems in women having unwanted or unintended pregnancy.

Conclusions: There is no available evidence to suggest that abortion has therapeutic effects in reducing the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy. There is suggestive evidence that abortion may be associated with small to moderate increases in risks of some mental health problems.

Rape: Searching Beyond the Myths

by David C. Reardon, Ph.D.

The reason most people reach the wrong conclusion about abortion in cases of rape and incest is that the actual experiences of sexual assault victims who became pregnant are routinely left out of the debate. Most people, including sexual assault victims who have never been pregnant, are therefore forming opinions based on prejudices and fears which are disconnected from reality.

For example, it is commonly assumed that rape victims who become pregnant would naturally want abortions. But in the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent chose against abortion.1 This evidence alone should cause people to pause and reflect on the presumption that abortion is wanted or even best for sexual assault victims.

Abortion is not some magical surgery which turns back time to make a woman “un-pregnant.” Instead, it is a real life event which is always very stressful and often traumatic. Once we accept that abortion is itself an event with ramifications on a woman’s life, then we must carefully look at the special circumstances of the pregnant rape victim. Will an abortion truly console her, or will it only cause further injury to her already bruised psyche?

In answering this question, it is helpful to begin by noting that many women report that their abortions felt like a degrading and brutal form of medical rape.2 This association between abortion and rape is not hard to understand.

Abortion involves a painful examination of a woman’s sexual organs by a masked stranger who is invading her body. Once she is on the operating table, she loses control over her body. If she protests and asks for the abortionist to stop, she will likely be ignored or told: “It’s too late to change your mind. This is what you wanted. We have to finish now.” And while she lies there tense and helpless, the life hidden within her is literally sucked out of her womb. The difference? In a sexual rape, a woman is robbed of her purity; in this medical rape she is robbed of her maternity.

Rape, Incest, and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths

Pieter Mourik Albury Choice- Who’s the Extremist?

Anna von Marburg

Anna von Marburg

by Anna von Marburg  17 September, 2013

Dear Pieter,

Andrew Bolt wrote today in the Herald Sun and referenced an article where you are referred to as a “creepy” abortionist.  My name is mentioned as being one of the people you call a “vulture.”  That article references  a piece you wrote about the people who pray and offer help in front of the abortion clinic as well as the libelous words attributed to me on that website.

You  portray those offering help in front of the Albury abortion house as extremist religious fanatics.  The fact is that we are peaceful, prayerful people who love these women and you know it.  We care enough about them and their unborn babies to offer them the help that the abortionist desperately does not want them to have.  The abortion doctors make big taxpayer funded dollars from abortion. Every woman and her baby who doesn’t show up because of our presence in front of that house is lost revenue.  Women are hurt by abortion.  Not a single credible study exists to show that abortion is beneficial to women.  Truckloads of studies show just how detrimental abortion is to women.  This is no surprise; the abortionist intentionally kills the woman’s unborn child.

Pieter,  you have  used your skills to improve the health of women and their babies as an obstetrician and gynecologist.  But you have also used your skills to abort many unborn human beings.   Apparently you are retired but you are still listed as working at Reproductive Medicine Albury.  You are a vocal  supporter of the abortion chemical, RU486, and  the Victorian Abortion Law Reform  which allows abortion up until the moment of birth for any reason,  even on perfectly healthy fetuses(babies).  On a local radio interview you affirmed that fetuses(babies) have no rights until they are born.  Our prima facie claim, which you and your pro-abortion comrades doggedly avoid, is that abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being. But first let’s talk about your initial claim used to distract from the real issue of what is happening inside the old house on Englehardt Street in Albury.

You claim:

The majority of Australians agree that women should have the right to access a legal
termination of an unwanted pregnancy (85%), compared to the minority of 8% who do not
agree with Australian law (Katherine Betts, People and Place vol. 12, no. 4 2004 page 22). All
of those protesting in Englehardt Street are included in this extreme minority of 8%.

First let me inform you that abortion is illegal in NSW.  Secondly, this does not mean that 92% of people share your extreme view that abortion should be allowed for any reason up until the moment of birth.  Far from it.

 An article in the Medical Journal of Australia shows that only 6% of Australians believe that abortion should be legal up until the moment of birth.  You are in this  6%.  If I am extreme at 8% what does that make you at  6%?

But there’s more.

The same article in the Medical Journal of Australia  showed that the majority of Australians believe that  a doctor should face professional sanctions for performing an abortion on a woman when she states that she cannot afford to raise the child or that she does not wish to have a child at that time.  The overwhelming majority of abortions in Australia are performed for these reasons at all stages of gestation. The majority of Australians do not support abortion for the reasons the fly-in Albury abortionist, Kathy Lewis, stated in the local newspaper. The majority of Australians believe that an abortionist performing an abortion for the reasons specified by Dr. Lewis should face professional sanctions.

In fact, when you look closely at this article in the Medical Journal of Australia, the majority of Australians do not support abortion on demand for any reason, at any gestation.  You have grossly overestimated your perceived support for abortion in Australia and in our beloved town.

The topic for my next post in response to your claims: “Albury Choice- Choice to do What?”

 

 

Victorian Abortion Law Reform:

Abortions can be performed up into the ninth month of pregnancy, making Victoria’s abortion laws among the most permissive in the world. A clause was inserted into the act that took away the conscientious objection of doctors and nurses who choose to perform late-term abortions.[7]

Christine Campbell added numerous amendments that were voted down. Parliament voted against:

Providing support/counselling for women. [8] Providing information on the health risks of abortion. [9] The right of healthcare workers not to participate in abortion or refer for abortion. [10] Banning late-term and partial-birth abortion. [11] Mandatory reporting of suspected child/teenage victims of sexual abuse when a suspected abuser takes them to an abortion clinic. [12] Notifying the custodial parent of a minor seeking an abortion. [13] Requiring abortion providers to administer an anaesthetic to the fetus. [14] Protecting the life of a child born alive after an abortion. [15] Providing legal protection for an unborn child seriously injured during an assault on the mother. [16]

Abortion Protestors Saved My Baby’s Life

Life Network Australia – Tuesday, May 07, 2013

My name is Nancy and I am the 46 year old mum of my beautiful 18 month old daughter, Ava, who was born in August, 2011.

I had two daughters, 10 and 7 years, when I ended my third pregnancy. I was coerced by my partner, who made it clear that he was not committed to me and was not sure about our future together.  Read more…

Does abortion reduce mental health risks for women? The very latest research

Conclusions: There is no available evidence to suggest that abortion has therapeutic effects in reducing the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy. There is suggestive evidence that abortion may be associated with small to moderate increases in risks of some mental health problems.
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry  3 April, 2013

Does abortion reduce mental health risks for women? The very latest research.

Two Women Tell Their Stories of their Albury Abortion

Endless sorrow

Albury Wodonga Newsweekly : Friday, 21 September, 2012

TWO teenagers who had abortions in Albury have revealed their heart-rending stories of regret and remorse on a just launched national website.Melissa, 16, and 19-year-old Elle, who lost twins, wrote of the mental anguish they had suffered since having abortions. “I sat in a waiting room with other girls, one who looked as young as me. The rest were older, but everyone looked either really, really sad, or really, really scared,” Melissa wrote on iregretmyabortion.com.au “I don’t know how I looked. I still don’t know how I feel, except that there is a space inside me that feels wrong … like it shouldn’t be there. “I never want to go to school anymore. I don’t really care about anything anymore.  Nobody said anything about how I would feel. I know I don’t want this anymore.” Melissa was taken to the clinic by her mother. “There were a few people outside looking like they were praying,” she wrote.“This really scared me, because it made me think about what I was really doing, but the person in the clinic explained that they were really just there to make us feel bad.

I wasn’t so sure and I did want to stop and talk to them, but mum and another lady really pushed me along the footpath and told them to go away. I remember as I walked in the door, looking back and wishing I  could run back to them.”

Read both stories here.

Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen Decries the Rate of Abortion

by Paul Maley,    The Australian    October 09, 2012
ANGLICAN Archbishop Peter Jensen has used his final address to the faithful to decry the high rate of abortion in Australia and to urge his followers to resist the temptation to distort Christian teachings to please modern ears.

Dr Jensen asked: “What sort of society is it that kills 100,000 children in the womb each year?”

Addressing the Anglican Synod in Sydney, Dr Jensen used his hour-long speech to decry the modern cult of “malign individualism”, which he said had corroded the family, faith and community.
“Individualism promises much but delivers aloneness,” Dr Jensen said. “In the face of death, it is the god who failed.” Read the rest of this entry »