All posts tagged: unborn

Choose Life.

What a privilege it will be for women to have unfettered access to abortion up to 24 weeks gestation (and beyond if they get a couple of doctors on board) when the ludicrously named Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 is passed. Actually, I don’t believe it will be passed. And, tell me, what is reproductively healthy about terminating a pregnancy? There is just so much wrong with this draft piece of legislation. Was it scrawled on the back of a used envelope and handed to someone’s secretary? Did they stamp a two-week submission period on it in an attempt to curtail response (thankfully, this has now been extended by another two weeks)? Why the hurry to make Tasmania the abortion capital of Australia? I want to speak to the women out there – women like me who are of child-bearing age, who are in a rewarding career perhaps or who are enjoying study, travel, relationships. It’s a great age to be alive – I’m approaching 30. It’s a time when you’re comfy in …

Tasmania’s Proposed Abortion Law Changes

Hi friends! 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 …

When is a Foetus a Person? And Can it be Different for Different People?

What interesting paradoxes we are witnessing in Australia. Did you hear about how the Queensland Police Union has called for risk-taking pregnant women to be monitored in safe houses, particularly in cases where the unborn child is at risk of foetal alcohol syndrome and drug addictions? The submission to the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry says the law should be changed to protect the rights of unborn children to a “full life and health”. “The state must have the ability to intervene and protect the unborn child when its mother refuses, or is incapable or unwilling to do so,” Union president Ian Leavers says in the submission. Skip across to South Australia where there are moves to declare an unborn child a person after the tragic case of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby killed in a car accident. The male driver is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving unlicensed and leaving the scene of an accident. State MP Robert Brokenshire’s planned submission of a private member’s Bill to the South Australian parliament would change the …