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MR: ACL urges SA lower house to reject bill allowing IVF for singles and same-sex couples
· May 13, 2013 10:00 AM
Monday, 13th May, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the South Australian Parliament to reject the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Equality of Access) Bill 2012 when it’s expected it will vote on the bill this week.
“This bill is a violation of the rights of children, because if passed it would allow alternative reproductive treatment (ART) for single women and lesbians,” said ACL spokesman Dan Flynn.
“This denies a child the right to at least start life with both a mother and a father, deliberately removing a father from the child’s life before he or she is even born.
“The issue of children’s rights and what is in their best interests should take precedence over the desires of adults in the formulation of public policy. Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural origins and, wherever possible, to know and be raised by their biological mother and father,” Mr Flynn said.
“This right is acknowledged by the international Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that a child shall have, ‘as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’,” he said.
“Just as the desire to nurture children is entirely natural for a mother, so is the desire of a child to know his or her biological parents,” Mr Flynn said.
“This is not possible in some cases such as death or desertion but where it is possible to avoid this situation, however, the best interests of the child should be paramount and put before the desires of adults,” he said.
The bill was introduced by upper house member Ian Hunter and last year passed South Australia’s Legislative Council by a narrow margin, 12-9. It must now pass the lower house to become law.
Fatherless-by-design homes on the rise in Victoria
· March 18, 2011 11:00 AM
There has been a significant increase in the number of women using IVF and other assisted reproduction procedures in recent months, according to a
media report today
. This is because the law in Victoria has allowed for Medicare rebates for women who are not infertile to use such procedures since January 2010.
The report reveals that almost 500 single women and lesbians used IVF and other fertility treatments in Victoria last year. ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace is quoted as saying he was “opposed to single and lesbian women having equal access to taxpayer funds for IVF”, but much more can be said on the matter.
A child’s need to know his or her genetic heritage is basic to his or her human nature. The Australian Senate acknowledged this in its
inquiry into donor conception practices
, recommending that donor anonymity be prohibited so that children can access information about their biological parents. Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural human origins and, if at all possible, to know and be raised by their biological mother and father.
Just as the desire to nurture a child is entirely natural for a mother, so is the desire of a child to know his or her biological parents. In some cases this is clearly not possible, such as through death or desertion. But where it is possible to avoid the situation of a child growing up in a fatherless or motherless home, the child’s rights should be considered as paramount and put before the rights of adults, regardless of their strong desire for children.
The Australian Christian Lobby is opposed to surrogacy, IVF, and other methods used to allow single women or men and same-sex couples to obtain children, and opposes Medicare funding of such measures. ACL believes that a child has a natural right to know his or her mum and dad, and to be raised in a home with the complementary love, care and role-modelling of a mother and father.
Artistic claims don’t outweigh children’s rights
· August 01, 2010 10:00 AM
Claims of artistic merit should never be seen as a satisfactory excuse for exploiting children, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
Controversial photographer Bill Henson is set to argue against “shackling art” in an address opening the Melbourne Art Fair tomorrow night (Monday August 2) and according to
of his speech will put forward the view that: “Our zeal to protect innocence should not come at the cost of violating artistic experience.”
However, ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace today said that artists should not be allowed to exploit children for any reason.
“This statement is staggering – so evidently self-serving for the artistic community, and completely in conflict with community standards of morality – supposedly our measure,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Government and the community have a responsibility to act in the best interests of children and to put their welfare far above any claims of artistic merit or freedoms,” Mr Wallace said.
“We should never stand by and accept anything less.
“The real issues Mr Henson should be addressing during his speech are why he thought it was appropriate to photograph naked adolescents and why he allegedly felt it was appropriate to scour a Melbourne primary school for child models.
“Community reaction showed just how unacceptable this was and that there is no justifiable reason for exploiting children.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
ACL submission regarding children in art
· November 27, 2008 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Australian Council for the Arts on the Protocols for working with children in art: Consultation draft paper.
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