ALP group to oppose abortions

BY HENRIETTA COOK
08 Sep, 2011 04:00 AM
A new splinter group that wants to ban abortions has emerged within ACT Labor.

The non-factional group is calling itself Labor for Life ACT and hopes to drum up support for the legal protection of foetuses.

Australian Christian Lobby ACT director Nick Jensen has thrown his support behind the group.

In a letter addressed to supporters Mr Jensen said the non-factional group was ”dedicated to promoting pro-life causes within the Labor Party and amongst Labor supporters”.

”We will certainly support groups from both sides of politics who are representing Christian values.”

He urged interested pro-life supporters to contact Labor for Life ACT.

The secretary of Labor for Life ACT is Brendan Scott, a project officer at Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Mr Scott said he was unable to provide comment to The Canberra Times.

The political group’s Facebook page sets out its mission: to ”provide a non-confrontational forum for Labor people to discuss and debate pro-life issues and policies, (to) educate other ALP members about why many Australians support pro-life positions.”

The group also wants to see an end to the death penalty, euthanasia, suicide, unjust war and the artificial manufacture and destruction of human embryos.

They hope to engage marginalised ALP members and ”provide an avenue for them to remain active members and supporters of the party”.

”Labor for Life is a network of Labor Party members and supporters united by one common conviction – the right to life is the most important right of all, without which no other right can be exercised. It is non factional.”

Its Facebook page directs visitors to websites for the British Labor Life Group and Democrats for Life of America.

The British Labor Life Group is promoting a campaign that encourages women to hold up signs that read: ”I regret my abortion.”

Labor for Life ACT held its inaugural meeting at Parliament House on August 17.

Supporters who were unable to attend were told to ”pray for us as we aim to keep democracy and human rights alive from conception to natural death”.

Although the group has held its first meeting, it has not been officially launched.

ACT ALP secretary Elias Hallaj said every Labor Party member had the right to express their opinions.

”Everyone in the Labor Party has the right to put forward their views on lots of different issues,” he said.

”They can organise meetings, and seek other people who share their views.”

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