The purpose of this post to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. Since 2008 Victoria’s State Parliament introduced the most draconian abortion laws in Australia, and in the world. (See Abortion Law Reform Act 2008) The saddest thing next to this law being passed is that the general Victorian population is unaware of how severe the abortion issue is here. The time hasn’t come quickly enough to do something about it.
Accurate statistics on abortion in Australia is difficult to find because it seems that no precise figures are kept on abortion anywhere in Australia. The three most populous States, NSW, Victoria and Queensland do not keep any statistics on abortion; And although WA, SA and NT collect abortion statistics it only reflects abortions from which a Medicare rebate has been claimed. Some information can be found on the internet, most of which is not current data but may give an idea of how many abortions have been carried out in Australia. What happens in this procedure? What happens in failed abortions where babies are born alive? Does the unborn baby feel any pain? What happens to the bodies and pieces of aborted babies? What of the effects of this surgery on the mother? How much information and/or support is given to the mother? What are the reasons for each abortion and what are the statistics per reason?
We can find a mountain of statistics from the AIHW (Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and well-being), over a variety of categories, such as Surgery in Australia – we can find out who had the surgery, and how many were involved in emergency or elective admissions, the reasons for the admissions, and the care that was provided … but no statistics on abortion.
We can find statistics on which animals are responsible for causing the most human deaths in Australia (NCIS); or from the RSPCA we can find national statistics on Animals received by each RSPCA Society and reasons for euthanasia of dogs and cats etc …but something as sacred as human life within the womb, and the life carrying the unborn baby, seems to have no significance or importance here at all. What of the woman who is about to go through the abortion surgery – what of the health, well-being and care for her? Where are the statistics? Members in government don’t want to know how many unborn babies have been aborted, the reasons for the abortion, how many have been born alive and left to die, or even the physical, emotional and mental health effects this operation may have on the mother. They can avoid collecting statistics and ignore it all but the facts backed by medical science are still present, they will stand and won’t go away even if not collected in a tidy statistical format.
It is time now to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins.
As stated on the website –
This is the first formal attempt at pro-life legislation in Victoria in decades, and the first legislative attempt to remedy the abortion law reforms of 2008.
Under this Bill:
• Abortions would no longer be allowed from the 20th week of pregnancy.
• Infant viability will be promoted and supported (all infants born alive from the 20th week of pregnancy on-wards, including as the result of a medical emergency, must be cared for with the intent to save the infant’s life if at all possible).
• Mothers who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, who present in distress to their doctor must be offered practical support, for example a referral to a pregnancy support service offering holistic care (such as counselling, social and practical support).
• Penalties will be introduced for physicians who breach the new laws and for medical facilities in which the laws are breached.
• Mothers will not be criminalised or face any penalties.
Come and join the good fight and lend your support behind this worthwhile cause and help get this Bill passed. Watch this video, visit the Infant Viability Bill website (and register to keep up-to-date with the news) and please pass it on to others.
A call to action video based on the current Abortion Laws here in Victoria Australia
Infant Viability Bill
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