Monday, November 15, 2010

Abortion is Murder, 8-10, December, 2010

Formerly "Stop the Killing of Young People" (skyp) and soon, perhaps, "Stop Killing Preemies"

December, 2010 Vol. 8 No. 10
PO Box 7424, Reading, PA 19603
Phone – 484-706-4375
Email –
Web –
Circulation – 114
John Dunkle, Editor

"Abortion is Murder," a weak, pathetic response to baby murder, is sent out at least once a month. If the gestapo hasn’t jailed you for defending the innocent realistically, you either have to tell me you want it or go the website. Faxes and emails are free but snail-mail is free only for PFC’s, $1000 for others.
Because I believe we should use every legitimate means, including force, in our attempt to protect those being tortured to death, I want to hear from people who’ve been forceful. I’d also like to hear from those who disagree with me.

Prisoners for Christ:

1. Gibbons, Linda - Vanier WDC, 655 Martin St., P.O. Box 1040, Milton, ON, Canada L9T 5E6
2. Griffin, Michael 310249, Okaloosa Correctional Institution, Crestview FL 32539-6708 9/11
3. Jordi, Stephen 70309-004, FCI P.O. Box 33, Terre Haute IN 47802 6/30
4. Knight, Peter CRN 158589, Port Philip Prison, P.O. Box 376, Laverton, Victoria, Australia
5. Kopp, James 11761-055, USP Canaan, P.O. Box 300, 3057 Easton Tpk., Waymart, PA 18472
6. Little, David SJRCC, 930 Old Black River Road, Saint John, NB E2J 4T3
7. Moose, Justin – inmate, Alamance County Jail, 109 South Maple Street, Graham NC 27253
8. Richardson, Alonzo Lee 12898-021, PO Box 474701, Des Moines, IA 5094
9. Roeder, Scott P., KDOC#0065192, El Dorado Correctional Facility, P. O. Box 311, El Dorado, KS 67042
10. Ross, Michael, Custer County Jail, 1010 Main St., Miles City, Montana 59301
11. Rudolph, Eric 18282-058 US Pen. Max, Box 8500, Florence CO 81226-8500
12. Shannon, Rachelle 59755-065, FCI Waseca, Unit A, P.O. Box 1731, Waseca, MN 56093 3/31
13. Waagner, Clayton Lee 17258-039, United States Penitentiary, P.O. Box 1000, Lewisburg PA 17837 8/25
14. Weiler Jr., Robert F. 39385-037, FCC - Delaware Hall, Box 1000, Petersburg VA 23804 (new)
15. Whitaker, Vincent , FMC, Box 4500, Lexington, KY 40572

Thank U John for posting my appeal to prolifers about Eric's situation. It is worse than ever -- he feels a set up for his demise. I am sending you copies of his letters that he would appreciate U posting as a public evidence of what he suspects. More later Patricia (Look for this in the next issue.)

Dear John, Well, it looks like I've missed contributing to a couple of issues in a row now. During that time I was busy working on Scotty's habeas corpus appeal and Jimbo's motion attacking sentence. I thought your readers might like to read a few of the (59) grounds in Jimbo's motion. Laws and cases are not added in the motion at this stage, but I have added a few citations for your readers in brackets below.

A. Ground one: Conviction obtained in absence of due process (count 1).
Supporting FACTS: The Emancipation Proclamation fell short of recognizing African Americans in the law as persons in the whole sense, because President Abraham Lincoln still permitted slavery in states that had not declared a succession. Nonetheless, in an Executive Order issued January 1, 1863, Lincoln authorized African Americans to use "violence ... in necessary self-defence." A legal tradition exists, therefore, in authorizing the use of violence in defense of those of us who, for whatever peculiar reasons of bigotry or prejudice, have yet to be formally recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense, including those who are considered so far inferior that they have no rights we are bound to respect. Consequently, the trial court had an obligation of due process to allow the defendant a justification defense on the basis of his actions to equally protect Gestational Americans from homicide. The defendant would have been acquitted had the trial court permitted the justification defense in accord with due process.

B. Ground two: Conviction obtained in absence of due process (count 2).
Supporting FACTS: In its ongoing struggle to maintain childbearing standards among American females, the Supreme Court has repeatedly authorized a program of pregnancy abatement, using such means as: involuntary sterilization (1927) [Buck: 274 U.S. 200 (1927)]; child homicide (1971) [Vuitch: 402 U.S. 62 (1971)]; involuntary abortion (1973) [Roe: 410 U.S. 113 (1973)], including both punitive abortion and abortion by reason of maternal incompetence [Roe: 410 U.S. 113 (1973), 153-154, 159; see also 18 USC 1841(c)(1) ("Laci's Law") authorizing involuntary abortions to be performed upon a woman that are either "on her behalf" or are otherwise "implied by law"]; and, non-consensual abortion for pregnant minors (1979)[Bellotti: 443 U.S. 622 (1979), 647-648]. Faced with a growing struggle to keep females in standards, in 1970 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reaffirmed support for involuntary sterilization and flatly reversed its original 1959 policy on abortion, which had prohibited abortion-on-demand. See "College policy on abortion and sterilization," ACOG nurses bulletin, 1970 Fall; 4:2. But regardless of what medical or legal professionals think is necessary or best, homicide is homicide. The coroner is not interested in when life begins; the coroner is interested in how life ended. Regardless of social or political circumstances, once natural, accidental, and self-inflicted causes have been ruled out, the coroner will always rule a cause of death to be homicide. Though homicide may be performed with skill, including medical skill, it is never to be treated as a medical procedure. Thus, the medical need to separate mother and child in a life-threatening pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancy, should never result in what the coroner would rule homicide. Consequently, a destructive means of ectopic pregnancy management is medically contraindicated as homicide. In contrast, a nondestructive means provides for the continuing care of the child, such that any death that may result from the separation is either natural or accidental. At minimum, the infant is placed in a hospice incubator; ideally, he or she is reimplanted. Either way, the medical need to separate mother and child never results in what the coroner would rule homicide. However, in 1971, opening the door for its more general abortion policy to follow, the Supreme Court authorized child homicide to save the mother's life, rather than instructing physicians to handle the need to separate mother and child within the limits of medical and legal norms. [Vuitch: 402 U.S. 62 (1971).] Then, in 1973, the Supreme Court generalized its abortion policy to include abortion-on-demand, while quietly reserving involuntary abortion as a backup plan to empower pregnancy abatement one way or another. [Roe: 410 U.S. 113 (1973).] In 1979, the Supreme Court prohibited anyone from vetoing a pregnant minor's abortion request, even when both parental and judicial determinations find she is not mature enough to give consent. [Bellotti: 443 U.S. 622 (1979).] Because the Supreme Court breached medical and legal norms to suit social and political pressures in favor of pregnancy abatement, it is fair to say abortion is political. From this it follows that the Government is politically motivated to preserve its abatement policy, and that the prosecution in federal court is politically motivated. Thus, the district court violated due process by precluding the defendant from offering any arguments, questions, or references before the jury to show that the prosecution is politically motivated or that the prosecution in federal court is politically motivated. See Decision and order of the United States district court, entered 12/07/2006, p. 10. The truth must come out in court. It is never the job of the trial court to orchestrate a political blackout in front of the jury, not even to hide the most scandalous Government truths.

Wow! Many of these 59 grounds are even longer than “B”!. Can you imagine what work went into this?

These are the lyrics for the song A Billion Babies in Heaven that you can maybe hear (some browsers play it auto, others you have to download the mp3 file) if you go to

If you listen to the song, imagine the Gaithers or some other totally amped to the max Christian group singing it like the angels in glory backed up by the best road band in history. Otherwise these are the lyrics.

There's a billon babies in heaven
Weeping round God's throne
A billion casualties in heaven
In the God War going On.

How long, O Lord, How long?
Can you hear the babies cry?
How long, O Lord, how long
Before you make our murderers die,

There's a billion babies in heaven
weeping round God's throne
A billion murdered babies in heaven
From the God War going on.
There's a war going on
A war going on
There's a war going on.
A war going on.
There's a God war going on;

Can you hear the babies’ anger
Can you hear the rage they feel
Can you blame them for their anger?
We left them carrion in the field;

I know you think you didn't murder
If you never aborted your own child
But if you tolerate anyone’s murder
It's like murdering your own child.

There's a billion babies in heaven
weeping round God's throne
A billion murdered babies in heaven
From the God War going on.
There's a war going on
A war going on
There's a war going on.
A war going on.
There's a God war going on;

Read the Revelation story
God's got to dry their tears, you know.
God's gonna make us reap what we sow,
That's what Revelation 7:17 does show.
There's only one way to repent now
To Christ Jesus we must go.
We must die in Christ right now
That's how we'll reap what we sow.
That'll keep us alive here below
That's the Justice that can stop the babies' tear flow.
We must die in Christ below.

There's a billion babies in heaven
weeping round God's throne
A billion murdered babies in heaven
From the God War going on.
There's a war going on
A war going on
There's a war going on.
A war going on.
There's a God war going on;

A God War Going ON!

John Arena, RIP
Indeed, may the peace of the Lord be his who ministered to the weakest in the name of mercy and justice. At 89, John died on October 27, 2010, when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle near his home in Rome, New York. His beloved wife and fellow Christian and anti-abortionist, Anne, had died in 2008.
Below are the regular TV and print media links on reports of the death of John Arena. I have some comments of my own.
John Arena was an anti-abortion associate whose friendship goes back at least to the time of his imprisonment in Madison County Jail in 1995. I have several “jail letters” from him. In one from September of 1995 he inveighs against the local Catholic Sun for its preferential treatment of (religiously apostate and Irish Catholic) prosecutor, William Fitzpatrick, for cozying up the Planned Parenthood, and for calling John an “urban terrorist.” He wrote me both as a fellow convict, a pastor, and as an editor of Capitol Area Christian News in which we reported quarterly on anti-abortion activism. The publication’s uniqueness was in reporting upon and refusing to condemn any action (forceful or otherwise) directed against abortion facilities for the rescue of the innocents. Such defensive action could not be condemned without surrendering the doctrine of the imago Dei – and the particular humanity - of the pre-born child.
In addition to an interest in protecting the innocent, John and I also had a prison in common. Ray Brook F.C.I is located in a small town with the same name near Lake Placid, New York. The Ray Brook prison had been built first to house the Olympian athletes securely for the 1980 Winter Games. (The feds generally like to house their prisoners in a comfortable environment. Greater amounts a “time” are generally meted out by the feds to convicts, but the prisons are relatively clean.)
I entered the “joint” in 1985 and did four years there. John had acquired a federal conviction for violating the FACE Act which had been encoded at about the same time as John’s were being performed in 1995. The feds viewed the administration of butyric acid into an abortion facility as not only an effective way to close down a federally protected facility but a particular violation of their new law which prohibited any interference of a woman’s sacred right to butcher her baby at will. So they handed John a five year sentence for stinking the place up bad.
There was no rehabilitation. John denounced child slaughter and those who supported and protected it to the very end. He joined other rabble at the White Rose Banquet upon release in 1999. The Banquet was held in the D.C. area for five years consecutively starting in 1996 and was sponsored by Reformation Lutheran Church of which I was a co-pastor along with Michael Colvin (Ph.D University of Indiana, classical studies).
My association with John was primarily by mail, as indicated. I am sorry I did not have the opportunity to spend more time with him. But I am expecting to spend eternity with him and many others who have been saved by and lived in the service of our Lord. With fond remembrances, Michael Bray

Thanks, Michael. I have my own John Arena stories. In the early ‘90s he and Anne drove down from Rome, picked me up in Fr. Weslin’s strange mini-bus, and we drove from Long Island to Fargo, North Dakota, collecting a cast of characters you would not believe, the strangest being “metal head.” I then drove John’s Volkswagen to Minnesota to get some papers. John’s little VW had a half million miles on it! .

A year or so later a jar of butyric acid arrived by mail. Being the coward I am and not knowing what else to do with it, I drove to Jones Beach, which is abondoned in January. Along the way the bottle cracked, and when I opened the trunk, the fumes made me gag. I covered the bottle with an old towel, intending to carry it to the nearest trash can when I heard this din and looked up. Remember “The Birds”? Thousands of gulls hovered over me. And then they began to dive.

Requiescat in pace, John

How We Failed Justin Moose or How 40 Days For Life Fails Us
By Neal Horsley

Justin Moose is the latest person going to prison for attempting to terrorize abortion providers. Ms. Magazine, the ever vigilant watchdog of the abortion industry, describes Justin this way: "Justin Carl Moose pled guilty late last week to plotting to bomb a North Carolina abortion clinic. Moose was arrested in early September and charged with 'providing information related to the making, use, or manufacture of an explosive,' as stated in his plea agreement. He faces up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine."
How did we fail Justin Moose? We failed to make certain that Justin knew there was an alternative to abolishing legalized abortion that did not require us to go to prison to make it happen. Justin only knew two ways to fight legalized abortion: the impotent, ineffective and ultimately self-serving way the pro-life movement has fought it for the last 37 years, or the way men like Paul Hill fought it until they were dead or in prison.
Justin Moose has to go to prison because he is a failure in the gene-conditioning program. He has to be removed from the body politic; otherwise he might infect other men around him and move them to do what their instincts tell them to do; namely, protect the women who are having babies. It is those instincts that have to be obliterated and replaced with new instincts that allow us to tolerate the slaughter of people if they are unwanted on this planet by the people in power.
Throughout recorded history, and assumedly throughout unrecorded history, a man and a woman have shared two roles once a child was conceived. The woman bore the baby, the man protected the woman while she bore the baby. Much of that behavior was instinctive, even if social conditioning played a role. It does not take much imagination to see that the multi-thousand year--at the least--duration of those two roles, along with the biological necessity of the woman's role in birth, imprinted some information on the genes of both the male and female, genetic information that rose to the position of instinct in our species.
Since 1973, in the United States of America, we have all been involved in having those gene impressions altered by social--specifically Federal Court--decree. We have been being gene-washed, which is probably the most efficient form of brain-washing since it prevents the brain from ever thinking anything and makes us all gene responsive rather than rational thought responsive. (Did you know that Bill Clinton and his ilk--don't forget to include the Bush's, those ever-present paragons of Christian culture--actually have conversations in private where they talk about things like brain-responsive as opposed to gene-responsive social conditioning programs? I can't prove it, but I betcha they do.)
Back to Justin Moose. Justin Moose became confused because, as my quote from Ms. magazine demonstrates, the women don't want to be protected: they want to kill their babies if they don't want to be pregnant. And therein lies Justin Moose's problem, therein lies why Justin Moose must go to prison, and therein lies how we failed Justin Moose.
We failed to help Justin Moose understand what is happening in a society that is teaching men they no longer have a duty to protect women if they are what they used to call "with child." In fact, if you listen to the government of the United States of America, the duty of a man has become the opposite: help the woman kill her child. In fulfillment of that "duty" male "escorts" station themselves outside every abortion clinic in the country to usher the women in to kill their babies.

Examine the latest pro-life movement abortion resistance and you'll see why Justin Moose acted like he had to take responsibility for protecting the unborn babies. Pro-lifers call it the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE. I call it the.40 Days For Death
The title of this section is no typo. Even though I am focusing on a pro-life campaign called the 40 Days for Life, when you see what's actually happening, it will be easy to see why I call it the 40 Days for Death.
On November 1, 2010, updated the story above by telling us: 40 Days for Life Campaign Ends With 541 Babies Spared From Abortions
Let me make it clear that I am totally in favor of saving babies from being torn limb from limb. To save one from such barbaric butchery is a good thing. To save 541 is 541 times better than a good thing. I really believe the previous words, which is why I must say what follows.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is the latest proof that the pro-life movement is most hypocritical exercise in phony Christian ministry since antebellum American Christians in the South made it a priority to have laws passed allowing slaves to learn to read and write so they could hear the gospel and be saved slaves. (Actually the comparison is not a good one to legalized abortion because slaves in the South were not being murdered if their Christian masters showed themselves to be hypocrites who loved their neighbors as long as they stayed in their "place" in society; but I can't think of a better comparison. German Christians taking food or Bibles to the Jews in concentration camps would be a good comparison but I can't see that it ever happened.)
Back to 40 Days for Life. If, as the headline states, 541 babies were "spared from abortions" in 40 days, what will anyone who actually thinks about what is going on there learn about Christians and abortion in the United States of America the other 315 days of the year? If there is a winning strategy revealed in the 40 Days for Life tactic, why is the world not being barraged with the news that we've finally figured out a way to abolish legalized abortion? What is going on that people can trumpet the news of a successful tactic in the pro-life movement, then let it languish as if the work is done until every law allowing unborn babies to be butchered is overturned?
This is what we learn from 40 Days for Life: The pro-life movement in America works hard in 40 day increments. And does little or nothing for the rest of the days each year.
If unborn babies are worth stopping people from killing them for 40 days, why wouldn't that same requirement carry over for the next 315 days?
Think about what I'm saying. If soldiers were being killed in Afghanistan, would the troops be on duty 40 days out of the year and on furlough the rest of the year, or what?
You know what. We would be doing in Afghanistan what we're doing in Afghanistan if we thought there was really a war going on in this nation, a war where real people were being butchered, maimed and killed on a daily basis. There are people who think there is a war going on in this nation.
But in America, in the pro-life movement, we see people working in large numbers to stop babies from being butchered for 40 Days at a time. And then crowing like banty roosters about the lives they saved when they were working.
Is it possible for an observer to think we treat unborn babies like they are people in the same way we treat the soldiers in harm's way in Afghanistan as people?

Only pro-lifers would answer in the affirmative, and they would only answer in the affirmative because they have been trained, conditioned and converted to be double-minded Christians who have no duty to deal with the world in a reasonable, logical way.
The fundamental problem with 40 Days for Life and with the entire Christian pro-life movement is it misses the point. The point is not that one person's life is worth saving and must be saved if at all possible (that's obviously true but beside the point at this time in history), the point is it is against God's Law to murder anybody, anytime, anywhere. But the pro-life movement has NEVER tried to make that point. Only the few--you know their names--who have defied the pro-life movement and tried to find ways to make THE POINT have done anything but create confusion in this world.
For proof, look at the way Christian pro-lifers respond to the 40 Days for Life as if some kind of VICTORY was being won, rather than a terrible example of double-standard Christianity being applied right before our eyes. Look at what is actually happening and you will see that Christians have been trained to believe their view of the world can include the most gross inconsistencies imaginable as long as they can enjoy all the benefits of being affluent Christians in affluent America and still think themselves righteous Christians.
Rather than what they are actually doing (evidence of which is seen in the news articles shown earlier) were the leaders of 40 Days for Life to be responsible truth tellers, they would be standing on barricades outside abortion clinics telling the Christians of the world that unless people came and continued saving the babies the way they were saved for the last 40 Days, that everyone claiming to be a Christian was a liar, totally devoid of the Spirit of God and the very child of Satan instead of a child of God.
And the people saying that would be speaking the truth. The babies do deserve 365 Days of service as long as they are in imminent danger of being murdered. But the 40 Days for Life leaders won't stand up and speak the truth because they know that as soon as they started berating the Christians in the USA for standing by and tolerating the slaughter of the unborn, those leaders would lose their jobs. The Christians who support the 40 Days for Life would replace them with new leaders who would shut the fuck up.
And right there, you can see why. I violated a taboo when I allowed the word fuck to enter this article. And, just as the pro-life leaders would be prevented from accessing the minds of the Christians, so too will I be prevented from accessing the minds of the Christians because I violated a taboo, the taboo against saying the F word, throwing the F bomb, lighting the F fuse.
Exactly like it is taboo to say fuck, it is taboo in this nation to speak the truth about abortion. What truth? To say that what babies deserve for 40 Days at a time they deserve all the time; to say that if unborn babies are people, they require us to treat them as people, or, as Paul Hill said, "It's time we started treating unborn babies like they were slaves about to be killed."
Certainly any reasonable person will admit it is not only taboo to begin to treat unborn babies like they are people like you and me, it is against the law. The line between taboo and law is being erased in this nation and perhaps the world. And people like Paul Hill or Justin Moose or Scott Roeder, or the list goes on and on, who violate that taboo are violating more than taboo; they are violating the law.
The line between taboo and law has always been a tenuous one. For most of recorded history there was no line at all. Taboo was the definition of the law, and vice versa. But somewhere along the path of History, people began to see that law should have, ought to have, a reason to it that everyone could see. In fact the difference between taboo and law became defined in those terms. Whereas taboo didn't have to have a reason (a black cat crossing was bad luck because, well, it was taboo), law required a basis in reason for its existence. For this reason, the Founders of the USA declared a self-evident Truth in their attempt to be reasonable men in the eyes of the world. The Founders declared that all men are created equal because they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. And that was to be the law. Taboo was to be left in the murky fog of history, never to rule again. Now taboo and law are becoming the same again. Instinct is being raised to the voice of law.
You really should read C. S. Lewis's book The Abolition of Man. It puts our society in perspective. Writing from the perspective of the 2nd World War, Lewis could see all this coming because he could see that we were rapidly returning to a time when instinct would be the only basis for law and that time would erase the line that history had drawn between taboo and law.
What C.S. Lewis could not see is that Christians, instead of being deluded into tolerating the abolition of man, would lead it.

Interestingly enough, C.S. Lewis, even in 1944, saw that sexual licentiousness would lead the way to death.

We failed to make sure Justin Moose understood these things. So he has to go to prison without saving one little baby's life.

I tried. How about you?

Recall that I promised Jimbo I’d post the whole “Syllabus of Errors.” These are a hundred or so statements that a former pope said were always wrong. For example, here’s what #56 means: Moral laws do stand in need of the divine sanction, and it is absolutely necessary that human laws should be made conformable to the laws of nature and receive their power of binding from God.

56. Moral laws do not stand in need of the divine sanction, and it is not at all necessary that human laws should be made conformable to the laws of nature and receive their power of binding from God.

57. The science of philosophical things and morals and also civil laws may and ought to keep aloof from divine and ecclesiastical authority.

58. No other forces are to be recognized except those which reside in matter, and all the rectitude and excellence of morality ought to be placed in the accumulation and increase of riches by every possible means, and the gratification of pleasure.

59. Right consists in the material fact. All human duties are an empty word, and all human facts have the force of right.

60. Authority is nothing else but numbers and the sum total of material forces.

61. The injustice of an act when successful inflicts no injury on the sanctity of right

62. The principle of non-intervention, as it is called, ought to be proclaimed and observed.

63. It is lawful to refuse obedience to legitimate princes, and even to rebel against them.

64. The violation of any solemn oath, as well as any wicked and flagitious action repugnant to the eternal law, is not only not blamable but is altogether lawful and worthy of the highest praise when done through love of country.

Invisible Prisons

Flip Benham was recently convicted of “Stalking” abortionists by distributing “Wanted Posters” of Charlotte, NC abortionists. The conviction is a misdemeanor. Mr. Benham is sentenced to 2 years probation.

Probation and parole severely limit personal freedom and cripple ministries like Operation Save America. I speak from personal experience as I was convicted of misdemeanor last year in Michigan and sentenced to 2 years probation. I have absconded (fled) as I view this as an unacceptable infringement to my ministry.

Mr. Benham cannot so easily flee if he chooses for he lives in North Carolina. I live outside of Michigan and refuse to have probation transferred to Iowa. Michigan has issued a warrant for my arrest, but they are unlikely to come for me as long as I am out of their state.

These are the conditions of probation which I find unacceptable:

• Leaving the state without permission (Keokuk, Iowa borders on 3 states)
• Suspension of 2nd Amendment Rights (a toy gun in the house violates probation and leads to new charges which carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison!)
• Paying fines, fees, restitution court costs (mine are over $3500 not counting costs of over $20,000 to fight this bogus case)
• Reporting all police contact (we have police contact almost every time we are on the street!)
• Being subject to unwarranted, unannounced searches of person and property
• Enroll in and pay for godless mental health programs
• Perform community service (ministry hours do not count)
• Getting employment other than ministry
• Paying for probation supervision
• Not associating with people who have a criminal record (My wife has a criminal record!)

The time one spends obeying bond conditions (rules similar to probation) awaiting trial is likewise wasted.

Additional tailor made rules and conditions, such as no contact orders, refrain from physical and verbal abuse, entrap, hinder, postpone, or cripples our kind of ministry. In effect probation places the probation officer in charge of our ministry. Any infraction of any rule or condition leads to more imprisonment and extended probation!

My motion to refuse probation and do straight time was denied. I would rather sit in jail for a year than do 2 years of probation. Behind all this pretense of justice are smiling devils pulling on our strings.

Mr. Benham has one of two choices: abscond from probation as I did, or play the cat and mouse game.

In Cairns, Queensland, a 20-year-old woman is being prosecuted for intending to terminate her pregnancy. Tegan Leach and her partner, Sergie Brennan, 22, are expected to stand trial on October 12 for importing the abortion drugs RU486 and Misoprostol from Ukraine in order to terminate Leach’s pregnancy (in December 2008). While police did not prove the toxicity of the drugs, the empty packets supposedly proved an intent to miscarry. In the last 25 years, Leach is the first woman to be charged with intent of abortion in Australia.

The last charge of unlawful abortion in the country was in 1986, R v Bayliss and Cullen. Dr. Peter Bayliss and Dr. Dawn Cullen were charged with procuring illegal abortions after the clinic they worked at was raided. They were found not guilty.
In the latest case, Leach could spend up to seven years in jail if convicted, while Brennan would serve a lesser charge of up to three years for supplying the drugs. They say they were unaware that they had broken any laws.
Under Australian law, it is a crime to have an abortion, perform one or have the intent to abort, although it is not a crime in cases when a woman’s health is in danger. Until now, however, the government has turned a blind eye to the abortion law.
Pro-choice groups in Queensland are speaking out against the trial and the effects it could have on abortion legislation. Kathy Newnam, spokeswoman for Pro-Choice Action Collective told The Australian:
This case threatens to set a dangerous new precedent on the abortions laws, and supporters of abortion rights are determined to build a campaign that the Bligh government [for the state of Queensland] cannot ignore.
Even anti-abortion groups are not supporting Leach’s trial. Alan Barker of Cherish Life Queensland stated that this prosecution was a victimization of women who had had an abortion.
Women’s groups globally are rallying around Leach and Brennan in order to get the charges dropped. An online petition from Radical Women of Australia and Radical Women of the United States supporting the couple is asking for signatures by October 1. On October 9, Radical Women Australia will protest at the Parliament House in Melbourne to stop the abortion prosecution and link it to the other inequalities that women are facing. Visit Radical Women for more information and how you can participate.

Imagine what Peter Knight would say to Alan Barker!