Friday, 1st March 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed moves by DLP senator John Madigan to remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.

Senator Madigan introduced a motion in the Senate this week to ban funding of abortions “procured on the basis of gender selection” – a practice widely occurring overseas and “likely to be happening here”.

The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 will likely be introduced into parliament this month.

ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said it was hard to believe that abortions were occurring for this reason, let alone being paid for by the taxpayer.

“It is horrifying to think that parents could abort their child simply because its gender does not suit their lifestyle,” he said.

"Whilst ACL opposes abortion, the acceptance of abortion for sex selection is a new low in the abortion agenda's progression in our society.

“It is the duty of our legislators to ensure unborn children are afforded the most basic of human rights.”

Mr Wallace says the case of a Victorian couple that aborted their twin boys because they wanted a daughter, should send a resounding message to politicians of the harmful consequences of sex-selection abortion.

“We urge leaders of both parties to preserve the sanctity of human life by taking serious consideration of Senator Madigan’s proposed bill and allowing this to be debated freely in the Parliament,” Mr Wallace said.