Tolkien fans might recognize the subtitle of this post as coming from the mouth of Gandalf to Saruman after he discovers that his once mentor and master has turned to the “dark side.” I find these words most fitting for the content of this post, especially given the recent public trial of Kermit Gosnells in the States, since it would seem that common sense and reason began losing some of their authority many years ago in our world. The Perth abortion debate in 1998 was, and continues to be a prime example of this trendy embrace of modern day madness, as society turns away from protecting the most innocent of its citizens. The Perth law demonstrated one of the key reasons why abortion still survives today: propaganda in the Mass Media.
In the small hours of May 21, 1998, the Davenport Bill passed through the Western Australian parliament effectively making abortion legal and on demand in this state. At the time, this bill made Perth’s abortion laws some of the most liberal in the world, surpassed now by the law in Victoria which may be considered even more heinous and a blight on Australia’s conscience. As a young teacher present at the pro-life rally at the time, I was struck deeply by the divide between truth and convenience as this reflection will reveal. Neither many parliamentarians nor the media appeared very interested in truth; instead they seemed more interested in protecting the work of certain people whom they were defending: abortionists and their accomplices committing what until 1998 had been, even by the standards at the time “illegal.”
In this post I give witness to what I myself saw happen.
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