Message to Senate: Debate the Children Born Alive Protection Bill
Hundreds of babies born alive after failed abortion procedures are simply left to die, gasping for air, discarded like medical waste. It's happening in our country and the Senate won't even talk about it.
The Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022, championed by Senators Alex Antic and Matt Canavan, seeks to protect these babies... but right now it's in a state of limbo.
A Senate inquiry into the bill decided not to recommend whether the bill should pass the Senate or not. Now, because of Senate procedures, it's up to the Liberal National Coalition to give the bill the green light for debate.
And so we're calling on the Liberal National Coalition Senate leadership team to give this bill the time it deserves in the Senate.
This bill addresses an issue that's as clear-cut as it gets.
Babies are being born alive following abortion procedures, left to gasp for breath and die.
In many Australian states, doctors have no obligation to care for these babies.
They're discarded like they're not human at all.
For example, up until just last month, Queensland's guidelines on abortion state that if a live birth occurs during an abortion, no life-sustaining treatment should be given.
Between 2005 and 2015, this resulted in 204 babies left to die without medical care.
The same happens in other Australian States.
The Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 seeks to change all of that.
It mandates that medical practitioners must act to save these babies if indeed they can be saved. If they don't act, then they face significant penalties and probable deregistration.
This bill aligns with international agreements we've signed, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
There are too many compelling arguments in favor of this bill to list them all here.
The right to life, ethical obligations of healthcare professionals, legal consistency, the emotional well-being of the mother, protecting vulnerable populations, public opinion, providing palliative care – these are all reasons this bill deserves our attention.
This isn't a matter of politics; it's a matter of basic human decency.
The time to act is now, friends.
The bill has just come out of the Senate inquiry and it's teetering on the edge of oblivion. It needs the Liberal National Coalition's approval to get to the floor of the Senate for debate.
We can't let this opportunity for change slip through our fingers. We need you to sign our petition today.