Friday, November 6, 2009
WHEN: Thursday 12 November
WHERE: St Agatha's Hall, 1 Scott Street, Cranbourne
Come along to hear Youth For Life's president Prue Neiberding speak on a variety of different issues facing the pro-life movement today.
Learn how you can best participate in pro-life street activism and the importance of doing so as we fight abortion in a secular society, the issue of bloodguilt and how it relates to abortion in our time, and the survivors of the abortion holocaust including stories of those who lived to tell the tale!
View a 26 minute dvd on effective pro-life activism and learn how we can harness the strategies learned throughout to fit with our own culture right here in Melbourne!
YOUTH FOR LIFE
Youth For Life is a voluntary group geared for young people, and was assembled to combat the reprehensible Abortion Law Reform Bill, which passed into law in October of 2008.
Indentifying a crucial role as young people to stand up against the purveyors of death, Youth For Life members are committed to peacefully but none the less relentlessly fighting the barbaric actions of an industry that massacres our children and wounds their parents – through street sessions, rallies, roadshows, speaking events, educational programs and youth camps.
For more information, check out www.youthforlife.com.au
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It's here at last! Join Youth For Life in the first of many youth activism and pro-life training camps!
Youth For Life's first training camp will commence with registration at Gunyah Retreat Centre, just outside of Bendigo, on 8 October at 11am and will end after the March For The Babies in Melbourne City on the 10 October.
With two and a half action packed days of pro-life training, entertainment and activities, this is an event not to be missed! For ages 14 and over, Youth For Life only have room for 12 lucky participants, so get your skates on to book your place today.
Cost of $65.00 includes pro-life pack, catering, accommodation and transport (including to Melbourne) costs. A chartered bus from Bendigo will take those who wish to Melbourne to March with Youth For Life at the March For The Babies! If you are attending just on a day to day basis, it's $12.00 per day, with an additional charge of $15.oo for the Melbourne bus.
On Camp, here are some of the lectures you'll be hearing:
* 1-2pm - Andrea Hoy, Vice-President of Youth For Life: "Just The Facts School Education Project"
* 7.30pm - Special Guest Speaker Bernie Finn MLC: "Post Bill: We Shall Overcome"
FRIDAY 9th OCTOBER
* 11.30am - Sonja Couroupis, President of Life Network Australia: "Abortion: An Overview"
And here are some of the activities you'll be participating in on Camp:
* Making Badges for Youth For Life/Pro-life
* Making Banners for March For The Babies
* Marching on the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne at The “March For The Babies” on Saturday 10th of October
Ring 0411 563 790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org now to secure your spot!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
YOUTH FOR LIFE OZ
Come and hear Prue Neiberding speak of her experiences in pro-life activism and present a slide-show of some of Y4L's recent pro-life activities. This is a meeting not to be missed by local pro-life supporters and is of special relevance to church youth groups. All welcome.
Y4L: Youth For Life is Victoria’s only active pro-life organisation for young people. Formed in 2008, this group was formed to combat the reprehensible Abortion Law Reform Bill that passed into law on October 10th of 2008. Identifying our crucial role as young people to stand up against the purveyors of death, Youth For Life are committed to peacefully but nonetheless relentlessly fighting the barbaric actions of an industry that massacres our children and wounds their parents.
Closely following the work of the Irish Youth Defense, Youth for Life offers young people an opportunity to become active in the most imperative cause in the world today. Youth For Life are dedicated to preventing the destruction of human life from conception, and as a group of enthusiastic young professionals and students, we work together tirelessly to protect unborn children from the horror of abortion. Through street work, rallies, pickets, publications, events, and speaking engagements, Youth For Life members spread the word that the killing of children and victimization of mothers must stop, and we join together in demanding an abortion-free Australia.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The president of the Australian College of Obstetricians has renewed the call for abortion to be decriminalised throughout Australia.
For many women, attending an abortion clinic is unaffordable or out of reach, so increasingly it seems some women are turning to what is known as a "medical" abortion - in others words, terminating a pregnancy by drugs rather than by surgery.
And the obstetrician Caroline de Costa says many of them are illegally buying a drug to induce their own abortions at home.
"The drug Misoprostol, which is legally available for a number of reasons in Australia, is also being used undercover or covertly by some women for procuring an abortion for themselves in Australia," she said.
"I think this is probably most common amongst some immigrant women from China and from south-east Asia, where the drug is widely used in this way anyway."
Dr de Costa is a professor of gynaecology and obstetrics at James Cook University's School of Medicine in Cairns. She is also an advocate of medical abortions carried out under a doctor's supervision.
Dr de Costa says it is disturbing to hear of women buying the drug illegally.
"I'm aware of anecdotal evidence that this is happening; I've spoken to colleagues who have also mentioned that they have come across cases," she said.
"We know that it is easy to access the drug on the internet, it is sold in Australia and prescribed in Australia for other purposes so it can be illegally accessed that way."
Medical abortions are available in many western countries including the US, Sweden and New Zealand, but not in Australia unless you visit one of a handful of gynaecologists.
Edith Weisberg is the director of research at Family Planning New South Wales and a senior clinical lecturer at Sydney University.
"I think the problem is that Australia is one of the few western countries that doesn't have medical abortion available as an option for women needing an abortion," Dr Weisberg said.
Another drug used for medical abortions is RU486 and Dr Weisberg says it is concerning to hear that some women in Queensland have also been illegally sourcing this drug.
"The problem is that first of all we don't know where they're sourcing it from and how good the product is - that's the first thing," she said.
"And the second thing is that RU486 used as an abortifacient is only about 85 per cent effective if you use it by yourself, so these women may in fact have incomplete abortions and need surgical evacuation of their uterus afterwards."
Ted Weaver is the president of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians.
"We think that if people have to resort to backyard approaches for doing these things then we think that's probably not a good idea," he said.
"There's a potential for harm for women; these drugs aren't without risk and whatever the rights and wrongs of abortion we think that women, if they choose to do this, should be able to access a safe service."
Dr Weaver says abortion needs to be decriminalised nationwide.
"There needs to be legislative certainty for doctors that they won't be prosecuted for performing abortions, if that's what they want to do, and that women shouldn't be prosecuted for trying to access one, if that's also what they want to do," he said.
"So we need to take it out of the criminal code, essentially.
"Some states have enacted law reform, Victoria has and South Australia has, but in Queensland abortion is still contained within the criminal code.
"The College's position would be that it should be taken out of the criminal code and if people want to access that service, and that's their business, then those services should be provided in a safe way."
Photo of the effects of RU486 taken from abortiontv site