Media Release: Thursday, 13 November, 2008

Seven MPs have disowned a Senate submission lodged in their name which calls for Medicare funding of abortion for disabled babies because looking after disabled people costs too much.

The Parliamentary Group on Population and Development’s (PGPD) submission, which is an exact copy of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance’s (ARHA) submission, argues that Medicare funding should be retained for second trimester abortion because allowing disabled babies to be born would be a burden on the Australian taxpayer.

PGDP chair Senator Clair Moore lodged the submission, supposedly on behalf of 41 Senators and Members.

After ACL e-mailed all 41, seven responded to say they did not share the twin submissions’ views on aborting the disabled and that they had no knowledge of the submission lodged by Senator Moore in their name.

The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee’s Inquiry into item 16525 in Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007 report will be tabled in the Senate this morning.

The Inquiry, which held public hearings over two days last month in Canberra, brought to light shocking evidence of:

• Babies being born alive after botched abortions and left to die;

• The experience of foetal pain during abortions;

• The brutality of the little-known methods used to abort babies in the second trimester;

• The dangers to women from late term abortions performed in unregulated private, for-profit clinics.

MPs disowning the PGPD/ARHA submission include Dr Brendan Nelson, Senator Allan Eggleston, Julie Bishop and Philip Ruddock. Three other MPs have written to ACL disowning the views of the PGPD. Names of the 41 MPs who are members of the PGPD can be found at

For more information contact Lyle Shelton