Currently in NSW they are deliberating over the…
‘Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill’ 2019 which has been passed in the Lower House and is as yet, to be passed in the Upper House. As this bill is not yet law there is hope that the Upper House will vote with compassion and for justice, recognising the rights of those that as yet do not have a voice.
In NSW, at this time you are not legally able to have an abortion on demand and such abortions would be a criminal act. However, it is legal to have an abortion if the mother has sort medical attention and it is considered by her doctors that she is in need of an abortion (Crimes Act 1900). The NSW health minister thinks this is out of date and says, “it’s “time for change” when it comes to abortion law…” He has introduced the above-mentioned bill – the ‘Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill’ which would see pregnancy terminations regulated as a medical procedure around the state. It is a private member’s bill and was introduced to parliament by the independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich.
In its current form, the private member’s bill would allow terminations up to 22 weeks, as well as later abortions to birth (up to 9 months gestation) if two doctors considering all the circumstances agree the termination should occur. What this means is: It allows for terminations to be on request for women up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. After this time, it is lawful if two doctors believe a termination (of human life) should be performed in light of future physical, social and psychological circumstances.
‘Rise Up Australia’ does not support this bill and we question the motives behind abortion legislation that legalises any kind of abortion on demand. This bill is also giving pregnant women the option of having a full-term abortion if doctors give the OK. Who gives doctors or anybody for that matter, the right to decide on whether a healthy living person should have their life snuffed out because their mother or family situation might be facing difficult social and psychological circumstances.
It is said, abortion is to some women a basic right, however what is their way out is another human being’s (as small as they may be) death sentence.
At the end of this article are some links that you might find helpful in sharing with others when it comes to the question, how human is a baby in the womb? By the way, did you realize that even the youngest Foetuses have human DNA cells?
Surely we have reached peak stupidity in a society when people are even proud to advocate for the ‘right’ to kill another living human. Have you ever asked the question; why is society so hell-bent on killing its offspring? With no emotion and very little helpful counselling, the abortion of human life has become a medical procedure like the removal of a tumour. There was public outcry when this bill board went up. The human rights campaign against killing kids could be put a lot more bluntly than the civil way this billboard does (Click link).
There are many women, families and couples who would love to have a child, but for medical reasons and other complications, simply can’t. Therefore, I thought I would share my personal story:
Having gone through the painful experience of not being able to have children for many years, I resorted to adoption. This process at the time took years because there were not many babies available for adoption. There were 2 reasons for this: The babies available for adoption had dropped because young girls were getting government financial support to keep their babies and because abortion was also on the increase, and many unwanted babies were being terminated. This made me quietly angry at the time, because my attitude was that there were many women like myself who desperately wanted a baby and would happily adopt another women’s unwanted child. My question was then and still is: Why in this day and age, with Government aids, financial support and medical assistance, can’t a woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy put her life on hold for 3 to 4 months, to see her pregnancy through to 7, 8 or 9 months, when she can give birth safely. At this point, she can achieve two positive outcomes; firstly, save a life and secondly, give some other person/s the joy of having a baby that they were unable to have themselves.
My plea to anyone considering abortion is: You don’t have to take away your baby’s chance of living, there are plenty of us that would love to nurture someone else’s unwanted child. For whatever convincing reason, anyone may have for having an abortion, there are so many desperate stories of women who would love to have that unwanted child.
I know there are many women that are finding themselves in desperate circumstances and feel there is no other way out but to abort. Also, the pressure from our society today is to take the easy way out, or so it seems. However, there are many organisations around that value life in the womb and can help you through your pregnancy, help you with your decision, to keep your baby or to adopt. Stacy is one young woman who is glad that she made the choice to keep her baby. https://youtu.be/NaFtLbopxlw
I can’t help thinking that the almighty dollar and our lifestyles of convenience has a lot to do with our society’s push for abortion. Below are a few stories that reveal the pain (experienced by some) of being coerced into having an abortion rather than giving people the option of saving their baby’s life. https://youtu.be/qaBuyQ2ieeY
Foetal hearing development: A timeline
Baby fully formed by 24 weeks. https://www.mydr.com.au/babies-pregnancy/baby-s-development-in-the-womb
Possible to tell gender as early as 12 weeks. htts://metro.co.uk/2018/10/08/can-you-really-tell-a-babys-gender-at-12-weeks-just-from-a-scan-picture-8016760/ 12 weeks maybe – Generally accepted that 20 weeks is accurate. https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7441969/how-tell-sex-of-baby-12-weeks/
Obtain a birth certificate for a stillborn. https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/births/stillbirths
Monique’s story: Doctor’s pressure to abort
My husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby and we were thrilled. The day came for our 20-week scan, but after the ultrasound we were just left to wait. After several hours of delay, we were finally taken to see a doctor. They said outright – “There are issues with your baby’s head and heart; would you like to terminate the pregnancy?” Just like that; no warning, no leading up to it, no more information than “issues” just “your baby’s not perfect, do you want to abort them?”.
I was in shock, I couldn’t answer; this morning we were coming to find out what we were having and now you want to kill my baby? We didn’t even find out if it was a boy or a girl. When I could speak again I said “No, we don’t want to do that” and we were given a referral to see a specialist. When we saw the specialist, he also asked me straight up – “Do you want to terminate the pregnancy?” I answered “No! We told the doctor on Friday we don’t want to. That’s why we’re here.” He completely ignored my ‘no’: “You can do it easily for the next four weeks so you have to decide before then. It gets a lot harder but don’t worry, we can still do it.” For a third time I said “No. We’ve already decided.” He ignored me and said, “I can refer you to Brisbane but it will be stressful and expensive so are you sure you don’t want to terminate the pregnancy?”
By this point I was in tears. I sobbed “I want to do everything we can for our baby,” and after ignoring us 3 times, the nasty doctor finally rang the Mater Mothers Hospital in Brisbane. We were squeezed in for an appointment that evening where we were told that our darling child had a perfect little heart and that we were having a baby girl. A few weeks later we hit 24 weeks. I was so inexplicably glad now that it was “much harder” to kill my baby. She was loved from the moment I saw those two pink lines and to be asked 4 times in 4 days, with three of those being in a row, if I wanted to terminate my child was the worst thing that had happened to me up to that point in my life.
Renae’s story: Mother pressured her into an abortion
‘Hi, my name is Renae and I had an abortion when I was 14. I was barely an adult and just didn’t comprehend what was happening. I was pushed (by my mother) into making an uninformed decision out of convenience rather than given counselling and support to wrap my head around the situation I was facing. I now find this lack of care and information very disturbing.
I had no knowledge of what to expect or what would happen at the clinic – I was shuffled in without as much as a word. Someone asked me to confirm my name and that was it. ‘I was given an inadequate amount of drugs by the anaesthetist. I woke up in the middle of the surgery and heard a doctor saying ‘There it is – got it!’ I was absolutely traumatized and distraught as I left the clinic that fateful day.
I have struggled to take all this in ever since and truthfully to come to terms with what happened. As a result of this experience I have endured depression, drug addiction and a ‘ruined life’. It’s ironic to think that my mum told me I would ruin my life if I had the baby, but no one ever stopped to think that maybe not having the baby and having an abortion instead would do the exact same thing.
‘Was I scared when I found out I was pregnant? Yeah sure I was. But I should have been able to explore further options in relation to single parenting and adoption before taking ‘the easy option’. I’m here to share my story today in the hope that no other woman has to suffer through the very personal isolation, agony and complete heartbreak of losing a child in such a way. My abortion experience has severely impacted my life and I hope and pray that these Bills don’t pass.’
Written by Yvonne Gentle