It's over to you, men
Some misguided people believe that a campaign promoting contraception to men will ease the burden on women.
VICTORIA still has unfinished business on abortion. This month's dramatic conscience vote in State Parliament to decriminalise abortion was a classic case of I don't give a stuff what the people want. There is no evidence to suggest that by voting to take abortion out of the Crimes Act, MPs were doing what the vast majority of the state's voters wanted done. Many people I caught up with said that they do not want abortion to be available in our society. In 2005 a national survey showed that 67 per cent of people opposed Medicare funding of abortions in the second trimester. (National Opinion Poll on Abortion in Australia, Market Facts (Qld), November 2005)
The Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 supported by Premier John Brumby and other backers of the bill made a point of emphasising that it was designed merely to codify in law what is happening in practice — that is, that its passage through Parliament would not result in either more or less abortions. This is not true. There is evidence to suggest that if you cut back on the availability of abortions, the number of abortions actually decreases.
Many people believe that abortion is a distressing and tragic event. Pro life supporters go further and say it is a crime against unborn Australian citizens and that they are discriminated against simply because of their pre born status. How do we go about reducing the number 'surprise' pregnancies? That, surely, is where men come into the equation.
We know what "causes" abortion. A lack of respect for human life coupled with a secular propaganda machine claiming that it is a so called 'womens right'. We also know what causes unwanted pregnancies. A couples refusal to accept that having sex makes babies.
Upper house Labor MP Evan Thornley said. "It is as simple as it is obvious: if men took as much responsibility for contraception as women did, the number of unwanted pregnancies would drop like a stone," he told MPs. Unfortunately Thornley's suggestion does not line up with the facts. It is common knowledge that having sex makes babies and that contraception, when it fails, leaves you open to a possible conception. When contraception fails the couple then resort to abortion. It is clear that to reduce abortion in this country it must be criminalised and that contraception be strongly discouraged.
Upper house Labor MP Evan Thornley challenged MPs that, If you are serious about the unborn and if you are serious about reducing the numbers of abortions, then get out there with your videos and your horror stories, get out there with your moral righteousness and self-importance, and walk into the pubs and clubs, the footy clubs and the construction sites, the high school halls and the army barracks, and tell the blokes to take responsibility for contraception. Thornley's misguided confidence in contraception to solve the abortion problem is evident when he asks men to take more responsibility for contraception.
As a possible solution to the abortion problem many pro life advocates suggest using Natural Family Planning to regulate and space the number of children therefore avoiding unwanted pregnancies. This demands that both the husband and wife cooperate closely together for NFP to work successfully. In a way, Thornly is correct, men do need to take more responsibility but not in the way he suggests ie use contraception. Rather, they need to be more responsible by learning about and using NFP. Their responsibility comes into play by understanding and appreciating their wives fertility cycle.
"I am up for it — and I hope you are too, boys! It is time for men to show some leadership, to show just a tiny fraction of the courage that women have to have every day when they contemplate how to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Whether they opt for adoption or rise to the challenge of raising the child. It is time for men to take responsibility for their actions and contribute to a massive reduction in the number of abortions."
Victoria has a proud record of using the persuasive tools of the state to change public behaviour for the better. Unfortunately it has failed dismally this time. Now that abortion has been legalised, the next task for us is now obvious. Petition your MPs to correct this serious error and pray.
For a politically correct version of this article go here.