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Abortion bill fails to pass in Parliament
Source: ChristianView Network
Date Added: 2007-11-23
23 NOVEMBER 2007
Yesterday, the government could not find enough MPs to get a majority to pass the proposed Abortion Amendment Bill in parliament. It seems some may have deliberately boycotted the vote and others just left early to go on recess on the last day of parliaments session for the year. The government tried three times to pass the legislation, each time failing to get the minimum of 201 MPs into parliament for a quorum to vote on it. At one point, twelve Democratic Allliance MPs walked out - scuttling the governments attempt to pass the bill. On the same day, the government did manage to pass a vote on another issue, indicating that at least some of the MPs were avoiding the vote for conscience reasons.
Not all who opposed the bill were necessarily opposed to abortion in principle, but opposed it for other reasons such as the lack of a conscientious objection clause and the lack of mandatory counselling and information for mothers.
The government may try to call MPs to travel back to parliament next week to try pass the bill again. If they do not manage to pass the bill by the deadline set by the Constitutional Court next year, then the Amendment Bill legislation will lapse.
ChristianView Network's offer of a R5000 reward for anyone who could find an ANC MP willing to debate the issue on radio is still unclaimed. It was widely reported on various newspaper websites, but it seems the government is afraid to debate this bill.
Let us thank God for his mercy in answering our prayers by defeating the bill in this round of the battle and continue to pray for a breakthrough on this issue. Let us continue to pray for the public to see the seriousness of the evil of abortion and the rejection of God's commands. Please continue to pray for us who are lobbying the government on these issues.
Thanks to all who prayed. Please keep it up.
South Africa has sinned by rejecting God's sovereignty over our national affairs - demonstrated by the omission of 'In humble submission to Almighty God' from our constitution, which otherwise acknowledges God's existence by asking for his blessing. God has shown his unwillingness to do this by withdrawing his blessing and handing the country over to bad laws (EZE 20:25 I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by; EZE 20:26 I let them become defiled through their gifts--the sacrifice of every firstbornn--that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.'), such as abortion and so-called 'same-sex' marriage. The evil of that rejection of God is not obvious to all, but the evil of abortion and calling sodomy "marriage" is obvious to almost all South Africans. Now this lingering festering battle over abortion and sodomy is making more and more aware that something is fundamendally wrong with our system of government. We need to show people that the reason is the rejection of God's sovereignty and pray for his divine intervention to mercifully convict this nation of its sin and return it to God.
Please keep on praying - and pray also that he will defeat further attempts to force and expand this evil in South Africa.
2 CH 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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Date Added: 2007-11-23
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