Last month, Senator John Madigan introduced into the Senate the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill that would remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.



There are reports that sex selection abortions currently take place in Australia for those couples who have a cultural preference for boys or for “family balancing” by parents who want a child of a particular sex.



The bill has now been referred to a Senate Committee for inquiry and report.



The Committee is seeking written submissions to the inquiry from interested individuals and organisations.



We encourage you to make a short submission in support of the bill to ensure unborn children are afforded the most basic of human rights: life.



You can send a submission:

Online; or

• Via email to fpa.sen@aph.gov.au



Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:



Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees

PO Box 6100

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600



You can also send a copy of your submission to Senator Madigan at sen.madigan@aph.gov.au.



Submissions must be received by Wednesday 24 April 2013.



Some points you might like to consider in your own words:



• Aborting an unborn child solely on the basis of gender is not a medical procedure and should therefore not be afforded Medicare benefits

• Medicare funding should be strictly limited to health procedures; taxpayers should not be funding decisions based purely on cultural or personal preference

• It is the duty of legislators to ensure every child, regardless of gender, is afforded the basic human right of life

• The law should protect the unborn given their vulnerable state, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

• By providing Medicare funding of sex-selection abortions, is contributing to the increase of this abhorrent act; the government should work to see a reduction in abortion.



For more information on the inquiry and how you can make a submission, visit the Senate inquiry website.