Queensland, Australia MP Nikki Boyd pushed Tuesday to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth while carrying her own unborn child.
The radical pro-abortion law passed the state parliament Wednesday. It legalizes abortions for any reason up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and up to birth with the permission of two doctors, The New Daily reports. The legislation also establishes 150-meter buffer zones around abortion businesses to restrict pro-life outreach, and has very few conscience protections for medical professionals.
Nine News Australia reports Boyd was one of several pro-abortion lawmakers who urged the state to pass the law Tuesday. Making her speech more significant, she is pregnant.
“We must entrust women to make one of the most important health decisions that they will ever make,” she said.
Boyd said one of her personal reasons for supporting abortion was because she suffered a miscarriage in 2016. It is an odd argument because a miscarriage is the natural death of an unborn baby, while an abortion purposefully destroys an unborn baby’s life.
Many MPs became emotional, including Labor member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd, who said she went through a miscarriage the last time the issue was debated in 2016 and was now pregnant.
Ms Boyd said the “foul vitriol” which had been sent to her office on the issue had strengthened her resolve for reform.
“As a pregnant woman going through it, it was a different experience in that a lot of the personal stories and experiences you were hearing were about milestones that you were readying for or experiencing,” Boyd told BuzzFeed News, referring to stories she heard about women aborting late-term unborn babies because of disability diagnoses.
“You’d have these women talk about making really tough decisions and then [anti-abortion members of the community would testify] and you’d ask them whether they thought this woman should have been made to carry that baby to full term even though it is deceased or has no chance of survival and the response was always along the lines of ‘well these women are murderers,’” she continued.
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The debate also was very personal for pro-life MP Ted Sorenson. The Financial Review reports Sorenson cried as he shared how he was adopted after his mother gave birth to him from an unwanted pregnancy. He said his daughter is adopted, too, and he urged parliament to consider the rights of unborn babies.
“Who has the rights to say ‘kill Ted’?” he said. “If this law was present in those days I would not be alive to speak on behalf of all the babies who have the right to live, and I believe I had the right to live.
“I was fostered out at 13 months, but I’ve had a good life, I’ve been blessed,” he said. “I have an adopted daughter; I love her greatly. Why should she have been terminated for?”
Later Sorenson concluded, “Think about it, when you vote on it, just think about killing Ted over here, because that’s what you’re doing to my heart today.”
On Wednesday, lawmakers passed the pro-abortion law in a 50-41 vote. Afterward, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was proud of the legislation and claimed abortion (the killing of unborn babies) is a “health matter.”
Australian states’ abortion laws vary, with some protecting unborn babies in most circumstances and others allowing wide-spread abortion on demand. New South Wales now is the only state where the killing of unborn babies is still illegal.