In a gobsmacking analysis of Australian causes of death, Emily’s Voice CEO Paul O’Rourke has revealed that abortion claims the lives of more Australians than cancer, heart disease, drowning, suicide, homicide and motor vehicle accidents put together.
“Each year in Australia, an estimated 96,000 children are lost as a result of surgical and chemical abortions. That’s 263 Aussie kids a day; an average-sized primary school,” he said.
The breakdown is 80,000 surgical abortions and 16,000 chemical* abortions, which equates to around 3,000 more than the combined annual deaths of what is usually reported as our nation’s biggest killers:
Motor vehicle accidents: 1,193
Heart disease: 45,600
Sadly, the government has not seen the importance of collecting abortion figures. South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are the only jurisdictions that count abortions. These figures, combined with Medicare claims for first and second trimester abortions, and hospital records, are where we land at a figure for surgical abortions in Australia.
Not particularly accurate. As I’ve said before – we can easily pull up data on the number of people who have had their tonsils removed, for example, but abortion figures are hidden from public scrutiny. I remember how difficult it was to find any abortion data for Tasmania when I undertook a feature for The Examiner during my time as a full-time journalist. That story had many approximations, and Medicare figures for a procedure that wrapped abortion and miscarriage into one neat category. As a woman who has two babies in heaven due to miscarriage, I find that kind of record-keeping insulting. But I digress…
Tasmania’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Craig White, told last year’s parliamentary hearings into abortion law reform that counting abortions did not help “normalise the procedure”. Because that’s what we all want, to normalise the wilful slaying of our babies, right?
With the 2014 Federal Budget announced on Tuesday, you’ll be interested to know what abortion costs Australia. Here are some more baffling figures provided by Mr O’Rourke:
– The Australian taxpayer subsidises abortion at the rate of $25 million a year in rebates on first and second trimester surgical abortions based on an average rebate of $415 for each of 60,000 (75% of all surigcal abortions). The rebate varies according to the gestational age of the baby being terminated.
– Australian doctor and specialist Roland von Marburg estimates the total annual cost of abortion at closer to $2.5 billion, based on Medicare rebates, public hospital related-costs, medicines, and the mental health costs associated with post-abortion grief and trauma.
– Abortion researcher Dr Priscilla Coleman’s 2011 report in the British Journal of Psychiatry estimates 10 per cent of mental health issues in women can be attributed to abortion.
Abortion is big business. When you consider that abortion represents one in four pregnancies and affects one in three women, however you look at it – this is an immense issue.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on road safety and anti-smoking campaigns, heart disease prevention and cancer research – but what about Australia’s number one killer?
* Chemical abortions are those as a result of the morning-after pill and RU 486 which is now readily available in Australia and subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The chemical cocktail is used to end pregnancies up to seven weeks gestation.
Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Kidsafe, Cancer Council, Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Government Department of Health: National Tobacco Campaign; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Reporting of Induced Abortion in Australia; 2005 Federal Parliamentary research report: How Many Abortions Are There in Australia? Buckmaster, Pratt and Briggs; Children by Choice, How Much will an Abortion Cost? Dr Priscialla Coleman, Abortion and Mental Health: Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published 1995-2009, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2011.