Last week, a raft of ideologically-motivated rainbow legislation passed the South Australian Upper House in a pre-Christmas blitz on human dignity.
Two unethical bills passed by the South Australian Parliament now deny children their right to a mum and dad. Instead, same-sex couples will soon have access to children through surrogacy and adoption services in South Australia.
Also passed by the Upper House was a bill that recognises 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.
I think it is disappointing that the Labor Government has focused its energies on passing contentious laws that alienate large sections of the community, particularly when the interests of women and children are at stake.
It is unconscionable that parliamentarians have prioritised the desires of same-sex attracted adults over the right of a child to 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 complementary care, where possible, of a mother and a father.
In allowing surrogacy for same-sex couples, the Labor Government has turned the right of a child on its head by making it all about the rights of adults to access children.
The surrogacy bill, which not only allows same-sex couples to access altruistic surrogacy and but also gives them access to assisted reproductive technology, now means that children will be intentionally created to miss out on having a father or mother.
We know and empathise for children who unfortunately miss out on a mother or father because of tragedy or desertion. However, this new surrogacy law means that a child misses out on either the love of a father or a mother.
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.
We also know that children are best served when they are raised by their mother and a father, wherever possible. This is why the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines the rights of children to a mother and a father.
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”.
The majority of South Australian parliamentarians obviously disagree and blatantly denied that mothers and fathers are important for children. This contravenes international conventions, is unjust, and as we know from the stories of many children who have grown up not knowing their mum or dad, lacks compassion for the child.
Disturbingly, the Parliament also ignored the concerns of women and girls to feel safe and with haste passed the birth certificate bill in the same week.
Women have been worried by the thought that any biological male who identifies as female will have the right to access sex-specific spaces like bathrooms, domestic violence shelters and dormitories.
It will be interesting to see if this birth certificate bill will be used by rainbow activists as a way to establish same-sex marriage. For the first time in Australia, any person can change their sex on their certificate without any physical justification. – Once notionally changed, it is then assumed the person would have the ability to marry.