Tasmania Seeks to Force Doctors to Refer Women for Abortions

International   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Mar 11, 2013   |   12:57PM   |   Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania’s ruling party seeks to force all doctors to be complicit in abortion by forcing objecting doctors to refer to abortion-friendly colleagues. More than that, the bill would essentially obliterate pro-life crisis pregnancy counseling by forcing anti abortion pregnancy councilors to refer women to counseling that supports abortion. (Victoria, Australia already has an anti-conscience law requiring all doctors to be complicit in abortion.) From the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (ACCESS TO TERMINATIONS) BILL 2013:

7. Obligations on medical practitioners and counsellors:..

If a woman seeks a termination or pregnancy options advice from a medical practitioner and the practitioner has a conscientious objection to terminations, the practitioner must refer the woman to another medical practitioner who the first-mentioned practitioner knows does not have a conscientious objection to terminations.

If a woman seeks pregnancy options advice from a counsellor and the counsellor has a conscientious objection to terminations, the counsellor must refer the woman to another counsellor who the first-mentioned counsellor knows does not have a conscientious objection to terminations.

Remember, if they can do this with non therapeutic abortion–which is a consumerist, not a medical procedure–they can to it with assisted suicide too. (Not coincidentally, Tasmania is seeing a big assisted suicide legalization drive.)

If it can happen there, it will be tried here. The pro abortion lobby really does want to drive all medical professionals unwilling to take human life out of the medical profession, and they especially want to obliterate pro life crisis pregnancy counseling. But like I always say, the culture of death brooks no dissent.



LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Excerpted from his A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement (Encounter, 2010). This post originally appeared at First Things, the location of his blog Secondhand Smoke.