Abortion right up to birth could soon be legal in South Australia.
A bill now before the upper house of State Parliament, commissioned by Attorney-General Vickie Chapman and introduced by Minister Michelle Lensink, would radically liberalise SA’s abortion laws.
The bill is being put forward under the guise of mere “decriminalisation” – a tactic used by abortion proponents interstate.
At present, abortion in SA is an exemption under criminal law – that is, it’s illegal to take a human life except in the case of an abortion under set conditions.
Backers of “decriminalisation” frequently state that abortion is no different to any other health matter and want it treated as such.
Even if that were true (and it's not) decriminalisation is a cover for radical change.
- The Termination of Pregnancy Bill would permit abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks and 6 days’ gestation – and beyond that (right up to birth) if two doctors agree it is “appropriate”.
- Current requirements for hospital attendance by women seeking an abortion will be abandoned in an attempt to liberalise the use of do-it-at-home chemical abortions, e.g. RU486.
- Health practitioners will also have their right to conscientious objection severely eroded. They will be required to participate in an abortion in cases of “emergency” and must at all times refer patients seeking an abortion to another health practitioner (in other words, making them a party to the act).
This list of concerns is far from exhaustive.
The bill was only introduced yesterday, but Minister Lensink has stated that she wants the upper house to pass it very soon.
Parliament will resume 10-12 November.
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