The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that the Queensland LNP convention today voted to support ‘Sophie’s Law’ giving rights to unborn babies killed in violent incidents.
“The ACL commends the LNP for taking steps to support the unborn killed in tragic circumstances.” ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said.
Sophie, the baby the proposed law was named after, had her life tragically cut short one week prior to birth after the car her mum was in was hit by a speeding drunk driver.
Sophie’s mum, Sarah Milosevic, and her husband Peter spoke at the LNP conference in support of the motion.
“This commitment would also mean that unborn babies killed through domestic violence would be recognised as having personhood under the law,” Ms Francis said.
“We are pleased the LNP have committed to introduce tougher penalties against people who commit criminal acts that result in the death of unborn children and promising to take the proposal to the Council of Australian Governments for national implementation.”
Last year, more than 113,000 Queenslanders signed a petition calling on the Government to support Sophie’s Law.
“This is an issue that really should generate bipartisan support if it were to be introduced into parliament,” she said.
In 2013, similar legislation, known as Zoe’s Law, passed the New South Wales lower house but failed to get support in the upper house.