Australia is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Yet while we pride ourselves on being a fair and egalitarian society, where every person is equal, the reality is far different, because we kill an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 babies every year - in their mothers’ womb.1
The overwhelming majority of these children are well over 8 weeks old. Via ultrasound and 3D imaging, at this early stage of life, we can see their beautiful facial features, hands and feet, legs and arms. Many have already started playing with their fingers and toes, and sucking their thumbs. Others are kicking, doing somersaults and smiling. Some are older than babies in our hospital nurseries.
Equal? These children aren't seen as equal. Far from it. Because even when they do manage to survive the abortion (as many do each year), they are simply left to die, gasping – in a steel dish, or dropped into a bucket of formaldehyde.
Yet, despite all this horrific brutality, there are individuals, lobby groups, media outlets, politicians and whole political parties (such as the Greens Party), calling for abortion laws to be extended. Pro-abortionists want the slaughtering to be nation-wide for the entire 9 months of pregnancy - up to birth – as in Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
WHO WE ARE
ALL LIVES EQUAL is a grass roots advocacy group, made up of everyday people, campaigning to protect the rights of unborn children. In a society where there are more rights for animals, trees and the environment, than for unborn children, we know it’s time to make a stand.
So, are we human rights activists? When it comes to advocating for the life of the unborn babies (and born-alive babies that survive an abortion), most definitely, 'Yes'.
We believe the right to life is the most basic of all human rights, and that this right belongs also to the unborn child. Why? By virtue of the fact that he or she is a human being. It is that simple.
For those of us who are Christians, we further believe that we have an inalienable right to life, from conception, because we are made in God's image (Genesis 1:27).
We uphold the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) which states every child “needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth”. 1
Moreover, we affirm and understand that human rights are rooted in the Biblical concept, in that all people have an innate dignity and worth regardless of their culture, color, health, religion, sex, age, ability, born or unborn, or socially perceived value.
In our efforts to protect the unborn children, we are committed in bringing the truth about abortion to the public’s attention; to show that abortion is an act of extreme violence toward every child in the womb.
We acknowledge the rights of the mother must be protected, but we also acknowledge a woman’s right must not be to the exclusion of the natural rights of another human being; in this case, her own child.
Through our ALL LIVES EQUAL website, media campaigns and speaking events, we seek to educate the public and expose the lies and distortions of abortion advocates and abortion organisations, and replace their death-dealing with life-giving alternatives.
We strongly encourage providing practical and financial assistance for mothers during and after their pregnancy. We also support better adoption laws when mothers (and fathers) want to relinquish their child for whatever reason, and we support adoption laws that make it easier for couples to adopt.
While ALL LIVES EQUAL aims to make politicians accountable for bringing in good laws that protect all unborn children and their mothers' from the violence of abortion, we believe that all people have a responsibility to be involved in this.
1 Angela Pratt, Amanda Briggs and Luke Buckmaster, 2005 Australian Parliamentary Library Research Brief, How Many Abortions Are There Each Year In Australia?
Note: Regarding the numbers of abortions that occur annually in Australia, we say “estimated 80,000 to 100,000" because no accurate figures are kept on abortion in Australia. The three most populous States: Victoria, Queensland and News South Wales, do not keep any statistics on abortion. South Australia is the only State in Australia which keeps and publishes (by SA law) figures on abortion. National figures are estimated from South Australian, Western Australian and Northern Territory figures and from Medicare rebates paid to private patients.
2 United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) Read Preamble and Principle 1
*The values that Australians have cherished and sought to strengthen are in large measure founded on the Judeo-Christian belief system. The many freedoms, advantages, opportunities, values and liberties which characterize the West, owe much to the growth of Christianity with its inherent belief in the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God and the code of behavior that flows from this belief.
NOTE: There are a number of well known humanitarian organisations that many have come to expect would protect the rights of the child in the womb, such as Save the Children International, Amnesty International, New Internationalist, GetUp, White Ribbon Australia , etc. But these groups are regular campaigners for abortion. They believe it is a woman’s “reproductive right” to be able to kill her baby in the womb, or allow her born-alive baby (who survives an abortion) to be left to die, at every stage during pregnancy; that is, right up to birth.