Solidarity! Support for pro-life health care professionals.

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Solidarity! Support for pro-life health care professionals.

Across the east coast of Australia, a grassroots movement of young doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals are saying “not in my name” to abortion.

The movement, named ‘Solidarity!’ began in Sydney in response to the Abortion Law Reform Act of Victoria, 2008. This was the first Law in Australia that required health care professionals with conscientious objection to abortion refer patients to another doctor – which, in practice, violated their right to conscientious objection.

Tasmania enacted similar laws in 2013, and NSW is currently looking at “amending” their abortion laws.

Solidarity! provides support, networking, mentorship, training and, where necessary, legal advice to health care professionals who are pro-life. There are more than fifty members across three groups in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

“The main role of Solidarity! is to ensure students who have a conscientious objection towards termination of pregnancy feel accompanied and supported,” said Dr Gerald Fogarty, Director of Radiation Oncology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and patron of Solidarity!

“Pregnancy is not a disease,” he said “it is a normal part of life … so conscientious objection to abortion is well within the rights of a medical practitioner, who deals with pathology.”

Solidarity! shares the name and branding of the non-violent revolutionary Polish worker’s movement of the 1980s.

Optimistically revolutionary in spirit, Solidarity! sees itself as a response to the social Marxism currently animating modern Western medicine.

“What has happened is that medicine, which is a fantastic vocation for the preservation of life, has been railroaded to providing a [contraceptive] service for society,” said Dr Fogarty.

Contrary to the ‘safe, legal and rare’ rhetoric used to legalise abortion in 1971, and four million abortions later, abortion-on-demand is rapidly becoming the standard response to crisis pregnancy “health care”.

“If you think about it,” said Dr Fogerty “the best thing that the current Australian Medical System delivers for a woman in crisis pregnancy is to terminate the pregnancy.”

“Is that the best thing that we can do for women?”

“This is why Solidarity! exists,” he said. “I hope that in the future there will be a group of committed doctors, pharmacists and nurses who stand up and say ‘No more. I don’t want my hard earned skills that I have learnt at university to be used in killing people. I refuse!’”

Currently, Solidarity! does not have a branch in Tasmania. For more information, visit www.solidarityau.com