Many of you by now will have heard about plans afoot to change Tasmania’s laws surrounding access to abortion. In short, the draft bill is modelled on a Victorian law (2008) which allows a medical practitioner to perform abortions up to 24 weeks. After 24 weeks gestation, the woman would need written certification from two doctors, one who must be a specialist gynaecologist or obstetrician, that the pregnancy would cause a greater risk to the woman’s “well-being” than the abortion procedure.
Current law in Tasmania allows abortion to 12 weeks gestation.
Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne announced the draft legislation last week and since then I have had countless conversations with people who, like me, are sickened by our government’s flagrant lack of concern for the unborn.
But rather than just shake our heads, we really need to act on this. We need to be heard and as submissions to the draft bill in question are only open until April 5, we need to act fast. Here is everything you need to know to get yourself informed, and then get yourself heard:
To view the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013, click here.
To view the information paper on the above bill, click here.
To read a news article on all this, click here.
And, most importantly, to tell our government what you think about this disastrous legislation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy letter to GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.
You might like to consider these points when framing your letter.
Say that you oppose the proposal because it would:
– Allow abortion of babies who are capable of being born alive.
– Legalise the brutal partial birth abortion method which involves the breech delivery of the living, moving child, except for the head. The abortionist then stabs scissors into the base of the baby’s skull, inserts a suction tube to remove the brain, crushes the skull, then delivers the rest of the baby – dead.
– Remove the protection of the law from all unborn children in Tasmania right up to birth.
– Not provide any support for women who are under pressure to abort from partners or others. Women coerced in this way may regret their abortions for the rest of their lives.
– Force all health professionals to facilitate abortion under threat of possible deregistration and loss of livelihood.
Please, please, please take the time to write – your voice is so important. And then, tell all your friends to do the same – for the sake of our beautiful, valued and vulnerable unborn babies.