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VIDEO: Abortion, “the silent innocence of the unborn”

I have finally got around to editing the third in a series of brief talks / Q&A from the Think.Again Conference, Sunshine Coast Queensland 2014.

“The only crime, they say, is that of interfering with a woman’s absolute right to decide if she is ready to be a mother. But a woman is already a mother, for better for worse, when she is first “with child” and there is no right to take a life which is not ours to take. Consenting adults who conceive have a duty of care to their baby which nothing can set aside. The law must uphold that duty and uphold the fundamental prohibition against intentional killing.”

VIDEO: Euthanasia & the ‘Duty to Die’

I thought I needed to lighten up a bit, so here is a new video – culled from the same conference as the ‘harms of homosexual marriage’ video – on euthanasia. In particular, the way that legalised mercy-killing would corrupt the State’s relationship with its most vulnerable citizens, and doctors’ relationship with their most vulnerable patients. Featuring former Governor General Bill Hayden’s famous urging of “unproductive burdens” to “disencumber” themselves and do the right thing by society…

VIDEO – In time for Mother’s Day, while children still have the right to a Mother.

This video is based on a talk and panel Q&A on the Sunshine Coast a few weeks back:

The blurb runs as follows:

“Same-sex marriage is a coldly calculated decision of Government to create motherless families, to create fatherless children… That is very, very bad policy”.

As a family doctor and President of the Australian Marriage Forum (www.AustralianMarriage.org) David van Gend makes an unflinching yet respectful case against the move to same-sex ‘marriage’. He urges that the rights of a child should take priority over the demands of homosexual adults, and addresses all the usual issues of concern during a brief talk and panel Q&A in Queensland, 2014.

Speaking at the World Congress of Families in a fortnight…

UPDATE: AUDIO of talk HERE

I will be part of a forum at the Congress on Thursday 16th May, speaking on the need to preserve the objective, natural meaning of marriage. My sub-topic: “The harms to children of legalising same-sex marriage”. Please come along! Then I will be part of a panel on related subjects Friday 17th May. Details in today’s WCF media release:

MEDIA RELEASE:

For immediate release 3rd May 2013 Where do babies come from? Redefining marriage ignores basic truths.

Sydney LMI talk: “to argue freely according to conscience”

Great group of Lachlan Macquarie Interns and other young politically smart people in Sydney last Thursday (some pictured above) where I was asked to discuss what is involved in a private citizen weighing into public debate.

My message was that there is no point weighing in unless you have a compelling conviction about some matter, and that it is worth taking as long as you need to “get to the heart of the matter” before expressing a view. Then, once you are convinced about what needs saying, say it in the clearest way you can so that it is useable to others. Give them a form of words, a shape of the argument, that they can make their own. Conviction and clarity.

UNSW debate with Prof Williams & Alex Greenwich: Gay Marriage


The video is up for last week’s debate at UNSW where I joined Patrick Langrell in an exchange with the Professor of Law, George Williams AO, and the head of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich (who is standing for Clover Moore’s vacated seat in the NSW Parliament).

A civil occasion with over a hundred students and Nobody Behaving Badly. Prof Williams had weighed in after the defeat of gay marriage federally giving support to various State proposals to change the law – which is curious in an expert in constitutional law, given that there could be no more black-and-white specification in the Constitution of marriage as a commonwealth responsibility.

VIDEO: Forum with Queer Society at Sydney Uni…

A student made a very low-definition video recording of the forum from Tuesday this week (21st Aug), and the clip below has my attempt to capture the ‘heart of the matter’ against same-sex marriage for a very mixed audience of about 150 bods, lots of them eating in the Manning Bar and paying little attention. My spiel is from about 2min 20:

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