In 2008 the Victorian state Labor government passed extreme Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (on which Queensland's Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 was modelled)  which legalised abortion up to birth for effectively any reason. This resulted in an annual average of 39% increase in late-term abortions. About 50% of which have been for what's termed as 'pyscho-social' reasons - so healthy babies of healthy mothers'.

2011 in Victoria, a healthy baby of a healthy mother was aborted for “psycho-social” reasons at over 37 weeks gestation – this is regarded as a full-term baby (refer p162).

In that same year, 10 healthy viable babies of healthy mothers between 28 and 31 weeks gestation also were aborted for “psycho-social” reasons in Victoria.

 GESTATIONAL AGES OF LATE-TERM ABORTED HEALTHY BABIES TO HEALTHY MOTHERS

Gestational ranges of perinatal deaths (VICTORIA)  from 2009-2015 for maternal

psycho-social indications only - non-medical reasons, healthy babies to healthy mothers

Year

20-27 weeks 

28-31 weeks 

32-36 weeks 

37+ weeks 

2015    

107

0

0

0

2014

146

0

1

0

2013

179

0

0

0

2012

132

0

0

0

2011

172

10

0

1

2010

184

7

0

0

2009

203

11

0

0

From Victorian Maternal, Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Mortality statistics, The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity

Please note that none of these babies were anesthetised, as this was one of the amendments voted down when the Victorian Abortion Reform Act was passed in 2008.

 

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