Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Where did I get the wrong impression?

I said in a post below that I had been led to believe the new Abortion Law Reform Bill only aimed at allowing abortions up to 24 weeks. Where did I get that impression? From poorly reported media stories, such as this one in The Australian today which says:
The Brumby Government's Bill decriminalising abortion controversially allows it to be performed at up to 24 weeks' gestation.
The fact is, as Archbishop Denis Hart's letter points out, if passed, the legislation would mean that abortion would be easily and legally available in Victoria UP TO THE POINT OF BIRTH ITSELF!

Here are the relevant sections of the Abortion Law Reform Bill.

5 Termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioner after 24 weeks

(1) A registered medical practitioner may perform an abortion on a woman who is more than 24 weeks pregnant only if the medical practitioner—

(a) reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances; and

(b) has consulted at least one other registered medical practitioner who also reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.

7 Supply or administration of drugs by registered pharmacist or registered nurse—more than 24 weeks

(1) A registered medical practitioner may, in writing, direct a registered pharmacist or registered nurse, who is employed or engaged by a hospital, to administer or supply a drug or drugs to cause an abortion in a woman who is more than 24 weeks pregnant only if the medical practitioner—

(a) reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances; and

(b) has consulted at least one other registered medical practitioner who also reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, September 23, 2008 8:58:00 pm , Anonymous matthias said...

This Bill is yet to pass the Upper House ,so here is hoping that the DLP is supported by ALP and Liberal opponents of the Bill.
I am not a prophet nor the son of one,but the words of the Prophet Daniel- oh i am sorry i actually believe he existed-could come back to haunt the MPs who proposed this Bill and the Euthanasia Bill- "Mene,mene tekel,upharsin-you are found wanting and are in the balance". Roll on eleciton 2010

 
At Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:38:00 am , Blogger Jeff Tan said...

If this passes, we know what will come next: partial-birth abortion. A US presidential candidate voted four times against providing medical care to save the life of a newborn infant who survives an abortion, yet he remains a popular candidate. How come?

It seems that the adage about history repeating itself from lack of historical appreciation is appropriate here. And we don't have to look back hundreds of years in the past to find our lessons. The Internet lets us look at what has happened and continues to happen in Holland, the UK, the US and elsewhere. We already know the consequences of decriminalizing abortions. Almost a million abortions in the US per year (what's that in proportion to their population?). Women exploited almost unknowingly. Women suffering from their abortions.

And will Australia take the time to consider all these things before forming their opinions? I am truly amazed at such disregard of empirical data.

 
At Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:01:00 am , Anonymous Mark Rabich said...

FYI, David, I actually have a formal complaint pending with the ABC in regards to their TV news service earlier this month (6/9). Leaving aside the fact that the largest Melbourne pro-life march in years was the 11th story on a slow news day, only got 38 secs worth of air time and was preceded by a hack job on how some poor gay group weren't permitted to hire a church-run camp on Phillip Island (and that ran over 1:40) - they also managed to make it sound like it's only legal until 24 weeks.

As I pointed out in my submission to the relevant ABC Keeper of Complaints, even Channel 7 managed to report this part of the bill correctly.

I'm not holding my breath. These guys wouldn't know truth if they fell over it.

 

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