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:

Online; or

• Via email to [email protected]

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees

PO Box 6100

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

You can also send a copy of your submission to Senator Madigan at [email protected]

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.