A bill creating a legal obligation to protect and provide medical care for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion has been introduced in Australia.
Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications, said: “This new bill will raise public awareness about abortion survival. Every unborn baby has a right to life and babies who survive abortion also have that right. This bill is about showing care and compassion to tiny abortion survivors.”
Abortion law in Australia varies across state and territory jurisdictions. However, in most Australian states there is no legal requirement to provide medical care to babies who have been born alive after surviving an abortion. These babies can be left to die.
For example, Queensland health’s clinical guidelines for abortion state that “if [during an abortion] a live birth occurs… do not provide life sustaining treatment… document the time and date of death”.
Now, Australian MP George Christensen has introduced a bill requiring attending medical practitioners to take action to save the life of a child who survives an abortion.
The bill states that if medical practitioners “do not act to save the child they will face significant financial penalty and probable deregistration as a medical practitioner”.
It is estimated that between 2005-2015 204 babies were born alive following an abortion in Queensland. During 2016, in Victoria, 33 out of the 310 babies aborted after 20 weeks’ gestation were born alive.
Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter. Follow @LifeNewsHQ
Abortion survivors in the United Kingdom
During 2017, a spokesman for the Department of Health admitted that the number of babies born alive in the UK following a failed abortion was “not collected centrally”.
However, recent data from the USA revealed that at least 40 babies were born alive after failed abortions between 2016 and 2018 across three states. In addition, testimonies of abortion-survival in Britain has prompted SPUC to call for further investigation into the numbers in this country.
In September 2018, Mohammed Khan was the victim of an abortion at 25 weeks gestation. While still in the womb, Mohammed was injected with lethal poison, only to be born alive and die later in the arms of his mother. In another case, three-year-old Scottish boy Jack Harper survived a vacuum aspiration abortion and was born alive.
Abortion giant Marie Stopes has said that: “The chance of a termination failing is very low. In the UK, around 0.02% of women who have had a surgical abortion will require a further procedure.”
According to the UK’s most recent abortion statistics, this would point towards 19 failed abortion attempts per year.
SPUC’s Mr Robinson added: “We are facing the disturbing realisation that far more children may be surviving abortion attacks on their life than previously thought.
“If children in the United Kingdom are being born alive after a failed abortion attempt on their life, society deserves more information and the truth.”
LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organziation in the United Kingdom.