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Jackie Trad Ignorant of the Consequences of Her Own Abortion Bill

Proof of at least 30 late-term third trimester abortions of healthy viable babies of healthy women for ‘social’ reasons in Victoria in recent years under almost identical law to proposed Qld legislation

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is either appallingly ignorant of the consequences of her extreme abortion-to-birth Bill, or she is trying to trick the Queensland public into thinking there will be no late-term abortions for “social” reasons under her proposed law when that is exactly what the Bill will allow, according to Cherish Life Queensland.

Ms Trad challenged the pro-life movement yesterday at a pro-abortion rally in Brisbane to “produce the evidence” that women in the last trimester “are going to get… a late-term abortion because they no longer want a baby”.

“They cannot do it and they will not do it because it is just not the lived experience of Queensland women,” she claimed.

Cherish Life Queensland executive director Ms Teeshan Johnson said that if Ms Trad’s Bill was passed by State Parliament this week, Queensland women would have late-term abortions for non-medical reasons, which they could not do now because termination for “social” reasons is against the current law.

“Ms Trad’s brutal Bill is modelled on 2008 Victorian law which is almost identical to the Queensland Labor Bill.”

She said the Health Committee inquiry into the Bill ignored evidence provided by Cherish Life, taken from official Victorian Government statistics, that showed that in Victoria in 2011, a healthy baby of a healthy mother was aborted for “psycho-social” reasons at over 37 weeks gestation.

This was a viable full-term baby who was killed because he or she was no longer wanted by his mother,” Ms Johnson said.

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

“The official government reports from 2009 to 2015 (the latest year for which figures are available) show that at least 30 healthy viable babies of healthy mothers have been aborted in the last trimester for ‘psycho-social’ reasons since the Victorian law came into force.

“In addition, of the 1,123 healthy Victorian babies of healthy mothers in the 20 to 27 week gestational bracket who were aborted for ‘psycho-social’ reasons over that seven year period, many would have been past 23 weeks and therefore viable, and a few would have been 27 weeks and therefore in the third trimester.

“The pro-life movement is defending the status quo, so the current law is maintained rather than expanded to allow late-term abortions for current and future ‘social’ reasons with no upper limit.

“In Victoria since the law was changed 10 years ago, almost half the late-term abortions have been done for ‘psycho-social’ reasons.

“This is not happening in Queensland now because the current law prevents this.

“It would be tragedy for Queensland mothers and babies if Ms Trad’s Bill is passed as then this would certainly happen in this state too.”

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

See Table 6.21b, Page 162, for 2011 figures from 2010/2011 Victorian Maternal, Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Mortality statistics, The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity http://realchoices.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/VicPNData2010_11.pdf

See also Victorian Late-Term Abortions table 2000-2016

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Opposition Leader commended for her stand against the Termination of Pregnancy Bill

Cherish Life Queensland commends the Opposition Leader for stating that she personally will not be supporting the Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

While the LNP have allowed their members a conscience vote, we are hopeful that all LNP MPs will use their conscience vote to oppose this brutal abortion-to-birth Bill.

This was the case during the Pyne Bills (late-term abortion Bills of 2016-2017) where they were given a conscience vote but decided to as a bloc against the Bills, which led to the subsequent withdrawal of the legislation by the former Member for Cairns.

It’s worth noting that the Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which is modelled on the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 is more extreme than the Pyne Bills, and should be firmly rejected. (comparison table below)

For media enquiries, please call Cherish Life executive director Teeshan Johnson

COMPARISON TABLE: Termination of Pregnancy Bill / Pyne Bills / Victoria’s Abortion Laws

Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018

Pyne Bills 2016 - Abortion Law Reform (Woman’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill 2016   & Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016 – moved by Independent MP Mr Rob Pyne in 2016 and withdrawn in February 2017 because it was evident that they would have been defeated if put to a vote in the Queensland Parliament

Victorian abortion law: Abortion Law Reform Act 2008

Abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks gestation

Abortion for any reason up to 24 weeks gestation

Abortion for any reason up to 24 weeks gestation

Sex-selective abortion legal

Sex-selective abortion legal

Sex-selective abortion legal

Abortion from 22 weeks until birth, for a wide range of loose criteria including “social” reasons. Two doctors give the approval. The first doctor can be the abortionist and the second doctor (who can also be an abortionist) doesn’t have to see the woman or even read her file. No legal penalties on doctors if rules not followed.

Abortion from 24 weeks until birth, if there is a “risk… to… physical or mental health”.  Two doctors give the approval. The first doctor can be the abortionist and the second doctor (who can also be an abortionist) doesn’t have to see the woman or even read her file. No legal penalties on doctors if rules not followed.

Abortion from 24 weeks until birth, for a wide range of loose criteria including “social” reasons. Two doctors give the approval. The first doctor can be the abortionist and the second doctor (who can also be an abortionist) doesn’t have to see the woman or even read her file. No legal penalties on doctors if rules not followed.

Doctors with conscientious objection must refer for abortion, or to another doctor who will help the woman with her abortion request, and therefore be complicit in the outcome of an abortion.

Full conscientious objection provision for doctors and nurses.

Doctors with conscientious objection must refer for abortion, or to another doctor who will help the woman with her abortion request, and therefore be complicit in the outcome of an abortion.

Abortions to be performed at taxpayer-funded public hospitals and therefore free.

Abortions to be performed at taxpayer-funded public hospitals and therefore free.

Abortions to be performed at taxpayer-funded public hospitals and therefore free.

No protections for women considering an abortion – no independent counselling, informed consent conditions or cooling-off periods.

No protections for women considering an abortion – no independent counselling, informed consent conditions or cooling-off periods.

No protections for women considering an abortion – no independent counselling, informed consent conditions or cooling-off periods

150 metre exclusion zone around abortion clinics.

50 metre exclusion zone around abortion clinics.

150 metre exclusion zone around abortion clinics.

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