This morning I belated noticed an Action Alert from Right to Life of Australia with the ominous notation that The Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 was being debated in the Upper House.
“This bill will now allow abortion up to birth in South Australia.”
I quickly went to the web where I read a story from The Telegraph and learned that the bill had passed the Upper House. The bill is currently being debated in the Lower House.
The cover story is “merely” that abortion would be treated “as a health issue rather than a criminal one.” In fact, for all the denials from the government, it does allow abortion until birth if the abortionist “consults with another practitioner and if both are of the view that the procedure is medically appropriate.”
Here’s how Right to Life of Australia explains the bill:
Abortion law in South Australia already allows women to seek an abortion with some restrictions.
However, this bill seeks to ease abortion restrictions even further:
- There will be no restriction on abortion up to 22 weeks 6 days gestation.
- After that point, two medical practitioners will approve approving that the abortion termination if is medically ‘appropriate’ – this means abortion to birth!
- Social and psychological considerations are to be considered – so many reasons are acceptable.
- Any other registered health practitioner will be able to prescribe abortion drugs, e.g., RU486.
The Action Alert offers some overall criticisms of The Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 :
- This bill removes all legal protections for the unborn child.
- Abortion is not a “medical procedure’. It ends the life of a living unborn human being.
- This bill is a form of lethal discrimination – there is lavish care, quite properly given to babies in our neonatal units – yet under this bill those same babies are able to be aborted.
- A bill which allows for babies to be aborted because of social ‘circumstances’ is unacceptable -we are supposedly a civilised society.
- A government should be providing all the support it can to mothers in difficult circumstances, not disposing of South Australian children of the future
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.