No matter what state or country I visit, I find pro-lifers amazingly similar. We are our own unique culture, like our own ideological country. No matter where I travel, I meet instant best friends. There’s no time or need for small talk. We jump right to the topic at the front of all our minds, the sanctity of innocent human life. So it was in Australia. I will miss my new friends.
There are cultural differences here. Australians are more reserved, so the boldness of American pro-lifers is a bit startling to the senses. It is interesting to observe us from the outside.
Also, the culture is more secular, so there is much more apathy on the life issue.
Finally, there is no explicit constitutional right to free speech in Australia. And so we see the first pro-life university group to organize in two decades, Life Choice Sydney, already in danger of dissafiliation after only four weeks in existence. Please “like” the group’s Facebook page to increase their volume of support, which may help for the upcoming hearing. (The uni group Prolife Auckland in New Zealand is encountering the same attempt at censorship.)
I was honored to meet with two pro-life Members of Parliament in Victoria, and my speech in Queensland was held in a Parliament meeting room, with several pro-life MPs in attendance.
One thing is for sure, as I’ve mentioned before. Pro-life groups and politicians around the world look to U.S. pro-lifers for inspiration and ideas. We are the tip of the spear, a big responsibility.
Along with that, we somewhat bear the brunt. International pro-lifers also look to us to see how our cutting edge legislation, etc., is greeted by pro-aborts. They learn from our battles and mistakes.
Rich is telling me we have to catch our flight, so I have to bid you g’day! I’ll be back online in about 24 hours. I’ve missed you! Thanks to Kelli and the mods for holding down the fort.