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Defence of life drives Right to Life

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It is important for the community that we engage in a civil debate on the important social, legal and moral issues concerning the proposal to pass the contentious End of Life Choice bill of David Seymour, which would amend the Crimes Act to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

We all have a duty to defend life and Right to Life makes no apology for defending the right to life of our most vulnerable, our precious unborn, the aged, the disabled and the seriously ill.

Seeking to discredit Right to Life, Martin Hanson claims that RTL is a Catholic organisation driven by dogma. This is incorrect, RTL is a secular, registered, incorporated society. It is not a requirement of our society that members belong to the Catholic Church or indeed to any Church.

He also claims incorrectly that Parliament is the supreme authority. God is the supreme authority and this is recognised by the Parliamentary Speaker commencing every sitting day with a prayer to Almighty God dedicating Parliament to the good of society and the glory of God.

Right to Life deplores child abuse. It is deeply offensive to us for him to seek to discredit our society by suggesting that we condone child abuse. This is false and mischievous.

His attack on the Catholic Church and its clergy is deeply offensive to members of the Catholic Church in our community.

Mr Hanson disputes that our human rights are conferred on us by our Creator at conception. The United States Declaration of Independence correctly recognises that it is our Creator who has bestowed on us our human rights, it starts as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,........

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