Australian police charged two men this week with making violent threats against New South Wales lawmakers who oppose a radical pro-abortion bill.
In the message left for Liberal MP Tanya Davies of Mulgoa, a man allegedly said, “I’ll slit your throat” if she did not “f— off,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He also allegedly told Davies to “leave the f—ing situation in women’s hands,” the report states.
Davies, a vocal advocate against the pro-abortion bill, said she received the threat about two weeks ago and immediately reported it to police.
ABC News Australia reports police arrested and charged a 47-year-old man from Kemps Creek on Wednesday with making the alleged death threat. News reports did not include the man’s name.
Police said they also arrested a 58-year-old man from Hornsby on Wednesday for allegedly making similar violent threats against Minister for Counter-Terrorism and Corrections Anthony Roberts. According to the Herald, Roberts’ office said one of his staffers received the threatening phone call on Monday and alerted police.
Both Davies and Roberts have been speaking out against a radical pro-abortion bill that political leaders are trying to ram through the state parliament. The legislation passed the lower house in a 59-31 vote last week, just days after politicians introduced it.
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If it passes the upper house, the bill would legalize abortion up to the point of birth with virtually no restrictions. It is similar to radical pro-abortion laws that passed in New York, Illinois, Vermont and Rhode Island earlier this year in the U.S.
“I am simply standing up for what I believe in and working hard to get this bill into a more humane and compassionate framework,” Davies said in a statement. “Abortion is a very complex, emotive and highly sensitive topic. We need to have a civilized conversation without threats of violence or death.”
Earlier this week, Davies told The Steve Price Show that pro-abortion political leaders have been pushing the bill forward without time to consider public comment, legal analyses and other concerns. Davies introduced an amendment to ban sex-selection abortions, pointing to evidence of 300 missing girls in the state of Victoria due to sex-selection abortions. However, the amendment did not pass, the Catholic News Agency reports.
“Our girls and our boys deserve better,” Davies said.“[The threat] has not deterred me in any way from pursuing the proper process on these matters as well as amendments to this bill when it goes to the upper house next week.”
She and Roberts are not the first lawmakers to receive violent threats because they support protections for unborn babies. In July, an MP in Scotland, Dr. Lisa Cameron, was threatened with rape and assault after she also voted against a pro-abortion measure. And earlier this spring, police investigated threats against a pro-life lawmaker in Texas, according to the Dallas News. Last fall, various news outlets also reported a rash of threats, vandalism and other harassment against pro-life Republican lawmakers and their families in the United States.