Saturday, 9 March 2013

Tasmania's terrible new proposed abortion laws

A Tasmanian reader has alerted me to some alarming developments resulting from the Green-Labor Coalition governing there.

Here is a guest post on the subject - please read, pray and act!

Proposed decriminalisation of partial-birth abortion

"As you may be aware from local media reports, the current Tasmanian State Government plans to put forward legislation in Tasmanian Parliament that would lead to the complete decriminalisation of abortion in the state of Tasmania and allow for abortion up to 24-weeks of pregnancy

This stage in pregnancy is classified as what is commonly referred to as partial-birth abortion and I believe according to common medical science is past the stage in which an unborn baby is capable of surviving outside the womb.

Of note of this concerning and barbaric practice, outlawed in many western countries, is that it sometimes used to abort an unborn child that shows ‘signs’ of minor abnormalities in the womb under ultra-sound. In other words, it is a form of eugenics against the disabled.

Attack on free speech

Also I would like to point out the following disturbing piece of the legislation that is a direct attack on our freedom of speech and our freedom to protest:

"Access zones:  It is proposed to introduce access zones within 150 metres of premises at which terminations are provided. Within an access zone a person must not protest or engage in sidewalk interference in relation to terminations, or graphically record, harass, beset, intimidate, interfere with, threaten, hinder, obstruct or impede another person. The purpose of access zones is to ensure women may access and doctors may provide terminations without fear of intimidation, harassment, obstruction or similar. Such behaviour jeopardises the safety and wellbeing of the woman, her friends, partners, families, and other support persons, as well as health service providers. The goal of improving accessible, equitable and timely services in Tasmania would be compromised if a person or group of persons were permitted to harass and impede a woman accessing termination services. This was recognised as an important issue by the Victorian Law Reform Commission.Across Australia, including Tasmania, no other medical procedure attracts the number and persistence of protesters. A person engaging in prohibited behaviour in an access zone may face a fine and/or a period of imprisonment of up to 12 months." (Information paper relating to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 - see attachment p.14, also see section 9 of bill)."

No conscience exemption

Furthermore, if you read the bill (it is not lengthy) you will read that doctors and nurses will be forced to perform abortions "in an emergency if a termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman or to prevent her serious physical injury." (section 6 (2)) Medical doctors and counselling services who have a conscientious objection to abortion will have to refer to a doctor/counsellor who does not have a conscientious objection otherwise pay a penalty of up to 500 penalty units, that's $ 65,000 !! (section 7)

What you can do 

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services has invited written comments on the relevant draft legislation – the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill.

The Department’s (misleading) website welcomes comments on the draft Bill:

Comments on the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001. All responses must be received by 5:00pm Friday 22 March 2013.

It would be great if as many people in the Tasmanian community put their views forward and stood up against the further attack on the dignity of human life in our state.


Please also remember comments on the proposed euthanasia laws are also still open until next week at GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 or emailed to


mishkagora said...

Please note that this exclusion zone would in Hobart include St Joseph's Catholic Church and St David's Anglican Cathedral.

A Canberra Observer said...

One wonders what the driver for this legislation is?

Is it simply the omnipresent ideological push to expunge any restraint on this abominable practice, or is it also a fruit of new prenatal testing methods which may identify conditions. These diagnostics offer little therapeutic value so the options proposed by clinicians will presumably tend in one direction only.

If the latter, then another example of relativist, positivist law: we moderns in our supremely evolved wisdom, will dictate what is right and wrong, making that which was hitherto agreed as bad, good by the stroke of a pen.

HolyCatholicApostoli said...

This article from 22 January 2013 (Clinic considers quitting state over abortion regulations) may be a missing puzzle piece as to why they want to make abortion on demand (as well as seeing it as an opportunity to gag any pro-life protestors, doctors or counsellors and remove conscientious objections for doctors/nurses under "emergency/health of mother" cases)"

A Canberra Observer said...

so, even worse, its about money.

PM said...

Increasingly, the stalinist pornocracy are exposing their own pretensions to tolerance, inclusion, diversity etc etc for the grubby and contemptible fraud that they are. Any dissent fromt heir dogma is becoming a criminal oofence.

Human Rights for the Unborn Tasmania said...

This article exposes the implications of the proposed laws:

A Canberra Observer said...

but the media is already showing its colours in the debate. A chilling sign of the future?