This week several NSW politicians introduced a bill to try and change our abortion laws.
The bill proposes that when two medical practitioners agree, a termination can occur right up to full-term after they have considered “all relevant medical circumstances, and … the person’s current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances…”
In other words, a doctor can cause the death of an unborn child if he or she believes that the mother’s psychological or social circumstances might be affected now or in the future if the child is naturally born.
There is no question that raising a child can be hard when everything is ‘normal’, let alone when there are difficult psychological or social circumstances for the parents.
But this debate would never happen if we were discussing the plight of a child who was already born.
Imagine if politicians were proposing that a three-month old infant could be euthanised if they were causing psychological and social difficulties for her mother?
Yet, a child who was four months younger and still in the womb could be killed by two doctors if this bill is passed.
The only reason we’re having this debate is that some people think an unborn baby is not human, and therefore can be removed and disposed of from the mother’s body.
What is it that makes a politician or doctor so sure that a foetus is not worthy of medical care and protection, simply because it hasn’t been able to have the opportunity to be safely delivered?
The reality is that God, who created us all, says that an unborn child is to be valued as much as a child who has been safely born.
The Bible is clear on this, but some of our politicians confidently believe that what God says about this matter is to be ignored.
Please pray that our politicians will listen to God and their consciences and vote to defeat this bill before more babies are killed by the very medical practitioners who made a vow to protect human life.
This weekend we’re looking at one of the most remarkable events in the life of the church, as the so-called ‘Day of Pentecost’ brought an amazing boost to the life of the early church. We see this in the New Testament book of Acts, in chapter 2, which is what we’re looking at in our second talk in our new series, ‘Launching the Church’.
If you want to get revved-up as a Christian, or perhaps even want to just find out what it means to follow Jesus for the first time, then this is a perfect weekend to come and join us.
We meet at 5pm on Saturday night, with an all-aged church service with creche and kids’ program, followed by a hearty meal for us all to share. On Sunday at 9am we have a more classic Anglican service, with classic hymns and well-known prayer book words, which is followed by tasty espresso at morning tea.
During both services we’ll be hearing answers to the questions you asked last weekend, which are:
1 Is ignoring your parents a sin?
2 Is the book called ‘Acts’ or ‘Acts of the Apostles’?
3 Could ‘Acts’ be called ‘Acts of the Holy Spirit’ or ‘Acts of the Early Church’?
4 What makes the Apostles so special?
5 How can Jesus be returning soon if the good news has not yet been preached to all nations?
6 Did Judas go to hell?
7 Should we pray to the Holy Spirit?
We’d really love you to join us, especially if you’ve never come for a long time or even if you’ve never ever been to church. You’ll love it!
Grace and peace, Jodie.