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You Have TWO DAYS to be Heard on Tassie’s Barbaric Abortion Bill

Submissions close on Friday to the proposed changes to Tasmania’s abortion legislation. The so called Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, 2013, has stirred lively discussion lately – and so it should. People are talking about when life begins. About our right to conscientious objection on such topics. About methods of termination. About the level of support available to expectant mothers. About removing red tape around adoption.

The bill is frightening in that it not only seeks to allow unfettered access to abortion up to 24 weeks, and with two doctors’ sign-off up to 40 weeks (full term), but it also seeks to muzzle objection and limit a woman’s access to alternatives – choice! Read more about that here and here.

If you haven’t already done so, please write a submission, however brief, and send it to public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001. For more info on the bill and some points you might like to include in your submission, check out this post.

There are other ways you can put action to your conviction too.

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Also, a silent protest in Hobart:

– Gather outside the museum on Macquarie St, 12pm Friday April 5.
– Walk silently to the gardens at the Parliament House steps until 1pm.
– Bring signs/placards.
Note: this protest is not affiliated with any church, political party, pro-life group or other. Just organised by ordinary voters who feel strongly against the proposed abortion legislation.

Further, if you’re a resident of Tasmania you can sign this e-petition opposing late term abortion, and the Make A Stand website has a great little doovalacky that let’s you fire off your thoughts to all the right politicians.

Thanks folks – you’re gems!

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4 Comments

  1. James Howe says

    Do you have to be a Tasmanian to sign the E petition.? I could not finish the Tasmanian address and therefor cannot sign, My daughter in law is writing a submission with a legal argument with signatures from the academics of the Uni of Adelaide Law Faculty Jim Howe (keep up the good and necessary work)

    • Sorry James – yes, the e-petition can only be signed by people living in Tasmania. I should have put that in the post, I’ll update it now. Your daughter-in-law’s submission sounds excellent – thanks for sharing. Bless you.

    • Hi Jim
      I do not know the answer to your question and am interested, however, in your comment as we share surnames and because I am considering attending a silent protest tomorrow outside Parliament House in Hobart. I am a Social Worker in Hobart and find myself presented with many ethical and moral dilemmas in relation to this issue. I support the rights of women to make choices, especially those who have experienced abuse, whilst also believing strongly in the value of human life, especially that of a child and future citizen. I understand there are many strong mental and physical health issues involved for both a woman and an unborn child where a termination of pregnancy may be considered. This also leaves me, however, with my belief in the value of human life (born or unborn), with a strong sense that such choices as the one of termination of pregnancy should not be made lightly or simply by way of convenience for an adult who holds the privilege of being able to make informed choices. There are strong limits to adult rights when considering the future of an unborn child who does not have the capacity to offer informed consent.
      I will attend the protest knowing this is a complex legal, health, ethical and moral issue. My belief is that the overall effects on others and the community of decisions made that arise from human rights should always be considered. Celebrate Life. Tony

  2. Thank you Claire for writing so clearly about this. I am of the view that it is wrong to dispose of a potential life, for the convenience of the woman. The only reason for an abortion is if the woman’s life is in grave danger, and even then I have heard stories of women who despite the danger to themselves have chosen to give the fetus a life, dying a year after the baby was born.

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