Daily Archives: October 13, 2008

But as for me and my house…

So the Abortion Law Reform Bill has passed. (Yes, I know that this is old news, but I have been away for the weekend, stranded in Mildura with lurgy yesterday, and only just gotten back to my computer).

The bill passed by 23 votes to 17. Here is how they voted (Check this list before you go to the polls at the next election):

FOR 23 Votes
Greg Barber Greens
Candy Broad Labor
Andrea Coote Liberal
Kaye Darveniza Labor
David Davis Liberal
Philip Davis Liberal
Khalil Eideh Labor
Peter Hall Nationals
Colleen Hartland Greens
Gavin Jennings Labor
David Koch Liberal
Shaun Leane Labor
Wendy Lovell Liberal
Justin Madden Labor
Jenny Mikakos Labor
Martin Pakula Labor
Sue Pennicuik Greens
Jaala Pulford Labor
Johan Scheffer Labor
Brian Tee Labor
Evan Thornley Labor
Gayle Tierney Labor
Matthew Viney Labor

AGAINST 17 Votes
Bruce Atkinson Liberal
Richard Dalla-Riva Liberal
Damian Drum Nationals
Nazih Elasmar Labor
Bernie Finn Liberal
Matthew Guy Liberal
Peter Kavanagh Democratic Labor Party
Jan Kronberg Liberal
John Lenders Labor
Ed O’Donohue Liberal
Donna Petrovich Liberal
Inga Peulich Liberal
Gordon Rich-Phillips Liberal
Bob Smith Labor
Adem Somyurek Labor
Theo Theophanous Labor
John Vogels Liberal

This is how Catholics in Melbourne will react.

Legal action can be expected – perhaps one good thing about the fact that none of the amendments were accepted. This makes the new legislation more liable to being thrown out in a legal challenge.

But as Archbishop Hart has said: “For the time being the battle is lost in the legislature. But not in the hearts and minds of good people.”

It certainly is not over in the Schütz-Beaton household. It may surprise you that we have discussed this issue long and hard over the dinner table with our 10 and 8 year old daughters. And here is something to think about: They get the issues. Right down to “Its a baby” and “What can we do to help women who are in a situation where they think an abortion is their only choice?”.

Before the vote was taken, I made it clear to them that whatever the law decides, we are in the situation of the Israelites before they crossed over the river Jordan into Canaan. We have to decide between life and death. The people in our society around us do not share our values or committments. Therefore “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” And all the children said: “Amen.”

PS. We are not impressed with the outburst of Bob Smith, the House President, in response to the disturbance from the gallery at the bill’s passing. The Age cited him as saying: “Where is the security? Remove her any way. For God’s sake do your job. Jesus. F—ing bananas. Amateur hour up here.” SCE wonders whether there would have been hell to pay had he used the same words with the name of Allah.


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