Last month, Senator John Madigan introduced into the Senate the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill that would remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.
There are reports that sex selection abortions currently take place in Australia for those couples who have a cultural preference for boys or for “family balancing” by parents who want a child of a particular sex.
The bill has now been referred to a Senate Committee for inquiry and report.
The Committee is seeking written submissions to the inquiry from interested individuals and organisations.
We encourage you to make a short submission in support of the bill to ensure unborn children are afforded the most basic of human rights: life.
You can send a submission:
• Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:
Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
You can also send a copy of your submission to Senator Madigan at email@example.com.
Submissions must be received by Wednesday 24 April 2013.
Some points you might like to consider in your own words:
• Aborting an unborn child solely on the basis of gender is not a medical procedure and should therefore not be afforded Medicare benefits
• Medicare funding should be strictly limited to health procedures; taxpayers should not be funding decisions based purely on cultural or personal preference
• It is the duty of legislators to ensure every child, regardless of gender, is afforded the basic human right of life
• The law should protect the unborn given their vulnerable state, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
• By providing Medicare funding of sex-selection abortions, is contributing to the increase of this abhorrent act; the government should work to see a reduction in abortion.
For more information on the inquiry and how you can make a submission, visit the Senate inquiry website