Media Release

Truth wins: Flawed senate reproductive health inquiry reveals improvements needed

Despite a seriously flawed process, the Australian Christian Lobby believes that, the Senate Inquiry titled “Access to Reproductive Health” had nonetheless highlighted some important truths regarding Australian maternity health for women.

ACL’s National Political Director, Wendy Francis, said, “The fact that the committee treated 1620 individual detailed submissions from concerned Australians as one submission revealed un parliamentary bias and a complete disregard for the democratic process. In addition, many other submissions were excluded on the erroneous claim that they were outside of the terms of reference. The end result is that the integrity of the Senate’s inquiry system has been seriously compromised and the report recommendations of little use.

“The committee has shown disrespect to Australian citizens who undertook to contribute to the submission process. In concealing the fact that the overwhelming majority of submissions rejected the push by abortion advocates and profiteers to funnel vulnerable Australian women into life altering abortions.

“Despite this bias, the Committee has been forced to acknowledge significant truths:

Additional recommendations in the ACL submission include:

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