By not passing the Infant Viability Bill the Victorian Parliament today has ignored the community and taken a backward step for women and children rights, says Australian Christian Lobby Victorian Director Dan Flynn.

Mr Flynn said the bill was consistent with a doctor’s moral obligation to save lives and reflected community sentiment that is opposed to late-term abortions.

“It is a commonly held view in maternity hospital practice that pre born babies are viable at 24-weeks gestation,” Mr Flynn said.

“The Infant Viability Bill had widespread support in the medical field and in the community.

“Over 42,000 signatures have been collected in handwritten petitions in support of the bill.

“A Galaxy Poll obtained in March shows that although most Victorians back abortion in general, 64 per cent oppose abortion post 20-weeks.

“Only 25 per cent were in favour of late-term abortions.

“With scientific advances people are becoming increasingly aware of the terrible nature of abortion to the mother and the unborn baby.”

Mr Flynn said the Infant Viability Bill would have ensured that all infants born from the 24th week would be cared for with the intent to save the infant’s life.

“The bill would have corrected a tragic injustice where babies born in Victoria are being left to die,” he said.

“Pregnancy can be a very difficult time for many mothers and to put in place new measures to provide real support to mother and unborn child would have been a tremendous step forward for the medical profession, and for all Victorians.”

“The ACL is encouraged and thankful for the work that DLP MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins has done in proposing a bill that can be embraced by the whole community,” Mr Flynn said.

“Every life deserves a lifetime. It is wrong for the powerful to determine that a viable life is inconvenient or not worth living.”

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