Extreme abortion Bill voted down in Victoria Australia

Extreme abortion Bill voted down in Victoria Australia

A Bill in Victoria, Australia which would have forced hospitals with a religious affiliation and which receive any state funding to offer abortions and assisted suicide has failed.

Earlier this week, Reason Party (formely named the Australian Sex Party) MP Fiona Patten attempted to force through the Health Legislation Amendment (Conscientious Objection) Bill 2022 which would have legally compelled religiously affiliated hospitals to provide assisted suicide and abortion as part of their medical services.

The Victorian Labor and conservative MPs joined forces with a selection of crossbench MPs to defeat the Bill 28-7.

Shadow Minister for Health, and former midwife, Georgie Crozier hit out at Ms Patten’s “flawed bill”.

“There is no precedent in this state for health services to be mandated in the specific care and services that they provide – none whatsoever,” she told the Victorian Parliament.

Victoria already has some of the most radical abortion legislation in the world

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas blasted Ms Patten’s proposals ahead of the vote, saying they would lead to some hospitals losing money and suggesting that there was no need for such legislation.

“We have here in Victoria the most progressive laws in the nation when it comes to ensuring women can access [abortion],” she told reporters on Wednesday.

The law in Victoria allows for abortion right through to birth on physical, psychological and social grounds when approved by two doctors; this can be the abortion operating surgeon and anaesthetist.

This has, in practice, allowed for abortion on demand, for any reason, right through to birth in Victoria.

Babies born alive and left to die

Of 310 late term abortions (after 20 weeks) in 2016 in Victoria, 33 babies were born alive and left to die. These deaths were recorded as “neonatal deaths” rather than death by abortion.

According to one official review, scores of babies have been left to die after being removed alive during a number of ‘failed’ terminations. 

The review reported that in 2011 there were 40 ‘terminations of pregnancy’ after 20 weeks ‘resulting in live birth’. While these figures are comparable in scale, Victoria’s population of 5.5 million is just a tenth of Britain’s.