A raft of bizare and unethical rainbow ideologically-motivated legislation will go before the South Australian Upper House this week in a pre-Christmas blitz on human dignity.
According to the Australian Christian Lobby, two unethical bills before the South Australian Legislative Council would give same-sex couples access to surrogacy as well as adoption, denying children their right to a mum and dad.
Also before Upper House parliamentarians is a bill that will recognise same-sex marriages performed internationally as well as a gender-identity bill that allows a person to change their ‘sex’ on their birth certificate without the need to undergo sex-change surgery or hormone treatment.
ACL acting South Australian director Dan Flynn said it was disappointing the Labor Government was focusing its energies on introducing contentious laws that alienated large sections of the community, particularly when the interests of women and children were at stake.
He said it was unconscionable that parliamentarians could prioritise the desires of same-sex attracted adults over the right of an adopted child to have a mother and father.
“Adoption has always been about the welfare of children who, for reasons not of their own making, are in need of the care of a family - where possible a mother and a father,” Mr Flynn said.
“In considering surrogacy for same-sex couples, the Labor Government has turned the right of a child on its head by making it about the rights of adults to access children,” he said.
Mr Flynn said the surrogacy bill, which allows same-sex couples to access altruistic surrogacy and gives same-sex couples access to assisted reproductive technology, would mean children will be created to intentionally miss out on having a father or mother.
“Children miss out on a mother or father because of tragedy or desertion. However, surrogacy always means that a child misses out on either the love of a father or a mother,” Mr Flynn said.
“Nature dictates that men and women are required to produce a child. Men and women then go on to provide unique, complementary roles, both of which are important in the development of children.
“Children are best served when they are raised by their mother and a father, wherever possible.”
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines the rights of children.
The Convention says, “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”.
“If members of the Legislative Council decide to deny that mothers and fathers are important for children, it would be unjust and contravene international conventions,” Mr Flynn said.