On Saturday (15 June 2013) I was pleased to be able to attend the fundraising lunch for Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated. PCI is a Brisbane-based charity founded to provide practical support for women facing crisis pregnancies. This support includes a residential safe-house. Women assisted by PCI have often been abandoned by partners, or face the threat of violence if they proceed with a pregnancy.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane was the guest speaker at Saturday’s lunch and he gave a very stirring address, reminding us that work in the pro-life movement is a proclamation of Easter. PCI is one of the ways that the Church witnesses to Easter. He reminded us that death is not God’s language, and the last word of God is life. Abortion is not the language of God, because abortion is a death that leads to more death. The work of PCI is a proclamation that life is a blessing and not a curse.
He recalled that we have grown used to a culture of rights, which is largely good. However, abortion is an attack on the very right on which all other rights are predicated: i.e. the right to life. He urged us to see our work as a protest against the numbing of conscience in our society, and also a protest against making language slippery which contributes to the numbing of conscience: i.e. calling abortions “terminations.”
PCI relies entirely on good-will offerings of supporters. You can download a donation form here: PCI Donation Form
As well as financial support, PCI also needs more volunteer support workers to assist clients. To find out more, please email the charity at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 777 777.