In recognition of the increasing number of babies born alive after late term abortions, Qld health have amended their Clinical for ‘Termination of pregnancy’. Where previously, abortion guidelines stated, “If a live birth occurs… Do not provide life sustaining treatment”, Section 5.4.3 now states “If a baby is born with signs of life, provide care appropriate to the individual clinical circumstances and in accordance with best practice guidelines”.
Rob Norman, Queensland Director for the Australia Christian Lobby (ACL) said “This news is a win for babies and a win for the pro-life movement. Queensland babies previously left to die after failed abortions will now be entitled to the same care as other wanted babies at the same gestation, including, where necessary, palliative care.
“ACL thanks Cherish Life Queensland, our faithful supporters, pro-life MP’s, conscientious objectors, and whistle blowers within the medical system, as well as other advocates who have fought tirelessly and compassionately for justice for these littlest Queenslanders.
“We can now be optimistic of reforming abortion laws across the country. The Born Alive bill tabled in federal parliament by Senators Canavan, Babet and Antic is yet to be considered in the Senate. The Qld Health acknowledgement of these babies will no doubt contribute to the Senate discussion and decision”.
The Australia Christian Lobby calls on State and Federal Governments to move past their denial that babies are being born alive after abortions and legislate to protect all live births.