All posts tagged: Zoe’s Law

Wrong Way, Turn Back (Yes YOU Tassie, on all things Abortion)

The weather on Thursday suited the gloomy forecast from parliament as the Legislative Council passed the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, further opening up access to abortion in Tasmania.  It only needs the tick from the lower house now. A sad day for the unborn. I wonder if it was sunny in Sydney, because up there, ‘Zoe’s Law’ convincingly passed the lower house, 63 votes to 26.  You might recall the case of pregnant woman Brodie Donegan whose 36-week-old unborn child died when she was hit by a car.  This bill for the first time recognises the crime of grievous bodily harm against an unborn child. Such disparate results for life within the womb. What do you do when something you know to be intrinsically wrong, is upheld in law?  Passionate and convicted people have worked tirelessly to lobby politicians since Tasmania’s ‘Reproductive Health’ bill was introduced earlier this year.  Was all their breath and ink a waste? I don’t think so. We’ve had lively debate in the media, which in turn has ignited …

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 …