A shocking new government report from Australia found that at least 27 late-term aborted babies survived birth and were left to die in Queensland medical facilities in 2015.
The Australian Broadcasting Network reports Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick announced the disturbing findings on Wednesday. The babies were at least five months along, according to the report. With the line of viability being pushed further and further back, it is possible that some of these babies could have lived if they had received the proper medical care.
The state Health Ministry said these procedures were done in accordance with state guidelines.
The health minister appeared to downplay the shocking numbers by saying that they represent only a “very small proportion” of the live births in Queensland every year. Dick added that most late-term abortions are done in “extreme circumstances” such as a fetal deformity or a risk to the mother’s health.
Here is more from the Daily Mail:
Political response to the release of the figures was mixed, with Greens Senator Larissa Waters calling on abortion to be de-criminalised, saying that doing so would reduce the number of late-term procedures.
However, a spokeswoman for the Cherish Life Queensland called for an inquest into the ‘abortion industry’ after the statistics were released.
Dick said the numbers of aborted babies who died outside the womb could be higher if non-confirmed incidents are taken into account, according to the report. The British news outlet reported that the numbers have increased significantly since 2005, when the state reported eight late-term babies were born alive after botched abortions and left to die.
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According to the pro-abortion group Children By Choice, there are no official abortion numbers reported in Queensland, but a 2009 report of medicare records showed about 15,500 abortions took place that year.
Abortion has become a heated topic in Queensland politics recently. A bill proposed in May by MP Rob Pyne could become the Roe v. Wade of Queensland, allowing abortions for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. It would be a major setback for unborn babies in the Australian state, which currently prohibits abortions except in cases when the mother’s life or health is in danger.
Pyne introduced the bill in response to a heavily publicized story of a 12-year-old pregnant girl who had to seek a Queensland court’s permission to have an abortion earlier this spring. Pyne previously said it was “cruel and unusual” that the 12 year old had to receive permission from a court to have an abortion.
Without gestational limits, his bill would legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. It is similar to what the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade did in America in 1973, when it overturned many state pro-life laws and allowed abortion for basically any reason up until birth.