Most pro-lifers are familiar with the argument that there is no such thing as being called upon to disobey the current abortion regime in the United States, because the current abortion regime doesn't require anyone to participate in an abortion.
Welcome to Abortion Regime, Stage 2: In Victoria, Australia, a law just passed last week that says, inter alia,
1)If a woman requests a registered health practitioner to advise on a proposed abortion, or to perform, direct, authorise or supervise an abortion for that woman, and the practitioner has a conscientious objection to abortion, the practitioner must--(a) inform the woman that the practitioner has a conscientious objection to abortion; and (b) refer the woman to another registered health practitioner in the same regulated health profession who the practitioner knows does not have a conscientious objection to abortion.
You will submit. Silent non-participation not allowed. Everyone must get with the program. Ironically, the abortion law regarding late-term abortions says the following:
1) A registered medical practitioner may perform an abortion on a woman who is more than 24 weeks pregnant only if the medical practitioner--(a) reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances;
How reassuring. A late-term abortion will take place only if a doctor thinks it is appropriate in all the circumstances. But doctors who have a conscientious objection to abortion aren't allowed to make the call on whether an abortion is appropriate. The conscientious doctors are locked out of the decision-making process. They have to say, "Wait. Before you go any further, and before I give you any advice, you have a right to know that I don't do abortions, because I think they are wrong, and I will advise you not to have an abortion, because I think it is wrong. It will also harm you, by the way, but I have to step out of this now. Here's the name and address of my colleague across the street who has no problem with abortion whatsoever. I'll write you a referral. He'll be happy to advise you."
It might be said that non-murderous doctors in Victoria could just all stop being doctors and go into some entirely different profession, retire, or go into a specialty in which they hope not to be asked to advise on an abortion. But I have little sympathy with that perspective. I really do not believe that obedience unto Caesar means that all the people who don't believe in murdering children are morally obligated to stop being doctors so that they don't disobey the law that orders them to be complicit in the murder of children.
This seems to me a clear-cut case of a law that orders the commission of an intrinsically evil act and that should be defied. And may God be with all the Christian and otherwise honorable doctors in Victoria, strengthen their hearts and minds, and bless their good work.
HT: Secondhand Smoke