Ensuring Access to Abortion Bill 2019: An Act to make it easy to kill your unwanted baby in NSW.
Some of you will be aware of the submission from Medicine with Morality regarding the NSW Abortion bill. In it, you will have read that the proposed Act is flawed in its entirety: by what it is called, by what it allows, and by what it compels.
The submission very strongly stated that the bill should be thrown out.
Flawed by “what it is called” refers to the name of the proposed Act, as “relating to terminations of pregnancies”, by which it means deliberate destruction of the baby, i.e. abortion, even when the pregnancy may be “terminated” by induction of labour with delivery of a live child.
Also in the submission: This is more than semantics. To speak clarity and truth and to avoid confusion in debate for MPs and the public, the term “abortion” should be used throughout.
But it took me a while to realise that I myself had become semantically immunised (!) regarding the actual title of the bill itself, which reads Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019.
Let’s tease out what can only be labelled as lies and deceits, pretences and cover-ups, self-denial to assuage the conscience.
Reproductive Health Care Reform
What does “Reproductive Health Care” mean?
“Reproductive” has to do with carrying on the species by re-producing i.e. female pregnancy through to “production” of a new member of the species.
“Health care” refers to an optimum level of care to facilitate a safe pregnancy and a successful healthy outcome for that new species member.
“Reform” usually means to fix things or change them in a way to make them better.
So “Reproductive Health Care Reform” should be about the optimum care of pre-pregnancy health, healthcare of mother and baby during the pregnancy, and optimum care of the newborn baby and parent, paying particular attention to any factors that need correction of emphasis or improvement in order to “reform” that care.
It is the opposite of health and care – it is designed to kill the new species member, the fully human baby.
It does nothing to reform or make for better pregnancy care in Australia.
It is about the ease of abortion for any reason, by any method, at any stage of the reproductive process right through to birth.
If “getting rid of” the baby – present as an unwanted consequence of sexual intercourse – is the primary intent, then at least from the time of viability this does not necessitate killing. Labour can be induced and the living baby taken care of by others, usually by adoption.
The title of the bill is a deceit.
The description of the Act under the title is also a deceit. It is not just about “termination of pregnancy”, it is about killing babies.
How can it be that Members of Parliament in Australia would vote to give legislative approval to pulling off a baby’s arms and legs at a time when nerve pathways have been laid down and the child – no longer safe in what should be the safe-house womb – is screaming and writhing in silent agony.
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