Human Exceptionalism

Australia Pro Life Legislation Sparks Firestorm

A Victoria MP is creating major storm waves because he wants to bring the state’s abortion law into some measure of reason. From the Herald Sun story:

Opposition leader Daniel Andrews said maverick MP Geoff Shaw was “off the reservation” and Labor would not support a debate on his radical proposed changes to abortion legislation…

The MP, whose vote keeps Premier Denis Napthine in office, had been expected to introduce a Bill that would end the obligation for anti-abortion doctors to refer women to specialists who performed the procedure. But Mr Shaw has told the Herald Sun he has now changed his mind and will push for six radical changes to the state’s abortion laws.

Radical? What’s so [expletive deleted] radical? Here they are:

Protect the consciences of doctors who oppose abortion by repealing the requirement that they refer to fetus-killing colleagues: That’s about freedom;

Ban Partial birth abortion: That’s about basic decency;

Require saving the lives of babies born alive after a failed abortion: That’s because they aren’t fetuses anymore, they’re babies;

Require pain control for fetuses being aborted capable of suffering: That’s because it can hurt to be killed;

Outlaw gender selection abortions: That should be a matter of basic human rights to prevent discrimination, particularly against females, who are the usual victims.

– Informed consent and counseling before abortion; Destroying a fetus is a huge decision. Surely, adequate information before proceeding is warranted.

Those aren’t radical or anti-choice. They are humane and just.

It is a measure of how radical the pro abortion movement has become that a bill that promotes common decency and takes the issue of abortion seriously would create such outrage, not to mention, biased reporting.




Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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