Just how “Rare” is Late-Term Abortion?

Many proponents of the NSW ‘Reproductive Rights’ Bill—which allows abortion up until birth—are defending the legislation by saying that late-term abortion is rare. But no one advocating for the practice refers to any statistics to back up the claim. And the reason why they probably don’t is because the reality tells a different story.

For example, below is a table containing the available data from Victoria:

Peta Credlin, writing in The Daily Telegraph, reports that there are over 80,000 abortions performed in Australia annually. Just stop and think about that for a second. Eighty-thousand pregnancies are terminated in this country alone. That’s getting close to the total number of Australians who were killed in WWI & WWII combined! Every. Single. Year.

Now, when you compare that massive figure to the 323 late-term abortions performed in Victoria during 2017 I guess you could say that it’s rare, speaking statistically. But just think of it like this. Even before Victoria legalised abortion in 2008, there was at least one late-term abortion being performed every business day. Does that still fit into your definition of ‘rare’?

Not only that, notice how many of those terminations were performed for merely ‘psychosocial’ reasons: 107 in 2015. 125 in 2016. And in 2017 it increased to 140. What qualifies as a ‘psychosocial’ reason? Well, that’s a good question because it’s hopelessly ill-defined. Which means that in practice it can involve anything at all that causes the mother serious distress.

But the most significant aspect that should really invoke public outrage is how many of these children were born alive (i.e. neonatal death). Because according to the records, from 2001 to 2017, this happened to six-hundred and forty-forty babies who were left to die. Which means that the legislation being put forward by Alex Greenwich—and facilitated by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Deputy John Barilaro—also involves infanticide.

What sort of society have we become where we no longer offer medical assistance to those who are the most vulnerable? And why should NSW desperately imitate all of the other states in the name of ‘progressivism’? For as is already evident, late-term abortion is neither humane or rare.

By |2019-08-15T22:27:13+10:00August 14th, 2019|Australia, Authors, Life, Uncategorized|3 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Powell is associate pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, a multi-site church in Strathfield, NSW. He and his wife have six children. Mark is a passionate advocate for faith, family, freedom and life. He is a gifted communicator and has made various appearances on radio and TV. Mark is unafraid to graciously speak the truth about contentious issues. He contributes to numerous online publications including The Spectator Australia, where his articles often appear in the most popular list.


  1. Pastor Ray Wadeley August 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Mark, thank you for such truthful passionate writing.

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