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MR: Dangerous effects of RU486 being ignored by Parliament as those advocating for right to life labelled ‘anti-women’
· October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday 10 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its call for the evidence about the harms to women of the chemical abortion drug RU486 to be considered in light of a speech being made by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today promoting the drug.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis has expressed concern that both political parties are ignoring the evidence about the safety of RU486.
“It is imperative that our government take into consideration the hundreds of women who have suffered major health issues after taking this drug,” Ms Francis said.
In response to a question by Senator Boswell, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
told the Senate
earlier this year that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
“Of the 832 women, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“In 2010, a Melbourne woman tragically died after taking RU486. We need to ensure there is a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any licences are granted.
“Women facing unsupported pregnancies should not be given a dangerous chemical to poison them and their unborn child – they should be offered real choices, including the option of support for keeping their unborn child,” Ms Francis said.
ACL is alarmed that Ms Plibersek has associated herself with the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development – the host of today’s event – which holds extreme views about aborting the disabled to save money from the disability services budget (see their
to Senate Standing Committee, p. 10).
ACL is also concerned that the abortion debate has been dragged into the unseemly debate about sexism and misogyny in the Parliament.
“For Tony Abbott or any other person to be shut down in this debate about the health of women and life of unborn children and be labelled as ‘anti-women’ is a suppression of free debate,” Ms Francis said.
Don't forget 'March for the Babies', Saturday 13 October in Melbourne
· October 01, 2012 10:00 AM
On 10 October 2008, the Victorian Parliament passed the
Abortion Law Reform Act,
one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world. This law eliminated all legal protection for Victorian children until the moment of birth.
The March for the Babies Committee was established with the assistance of representatives from leading pro-life groups throughout Victoria and on 10 October 2009 organised the first march to commemorate the passing of the
Abortion Law Reform Act 2008
one year earlier. In remembrance of this shameful day, we gather to March for the Babies who never see the light of day in Victoria.
The march occurs each October on or around the 10th, calling for the repeal of the law which allows babies to be killed right up until the moment of birth and is the most extreme in the Western world.
Together we express our profound disapproval at our Government's failure to:
Protect the fundamental right of life of every person in our State.
Offer real help to women in crisis pregnancies and other who have suffered through abortion.
Allow freedom of conscience for our health care professionals.
Our goal is to overturn this terrible law and provide full legal protection to our most vulnerable Victorians.
Please join us as we march in this peaceful witness to life from Treasury Gardens to Parliament House and hear inspirational speakers and music with a message of courage and hope.
**Please note: above content written by March for the Babies Committee**
Details of this year's march:
Saturday 13th October 2012
Treasury Gardens (starting at the south-west corner — Spring Street and Wellington Parade), Melbourne
For more information, please visit the
March for the Babies website
MR: Adverse effects to women of RU 486 down-played as abortion provider granted import license
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday, August 30, 2012
The granting of a licence to import the chemical abortion drug RU 486 to a subsidiary of the world’s biggest abortion provider is not in the best interest of women, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said the Therapeutic Goods Administration had seriously erred in granting a licence to Marie Stopes International to import RU 486.
Ms Francis said the
TGA had recently told Senate Estimates
, in response to a question from Queensland Senator Ron Boswell, that it did not collect information about RU 486 related deaths overseas.
TGA also told the Senate
, in response to a further question from Senator Boswell, that since the drug was approved under the Authorised Provider Scheme in April 2006, there had been 832 reports of “adverse events” to women prescribed the drug.
Of these, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned embryo after the failure of the drug to induce a miscarriage.
“It is quite offensive that RU 486 is referred to as a medicine in some quarters. Pregnancy is not a disease and should not be stigmatised as such,” Ms Francis said.
This year it was revealed that a Melbourne woman had died in 2010 after RU 486.
“There should be a coronial investigation into this tragedy before any further licences are granted.
“Women facing un-supported pregnancy should be offered real choices by our society, not a dangerous chemical to poison their un-born child.
“As a society we do very poorly in promoting alternatives to women beyond chemical or surgical abortion and this is a tragedy for women and unborn babies,” Ms Francis said.
Victorian late term abortion figures
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
The 2009 Annual Report of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity was released last month and details the growing numbers of late term abortions being undertaken in Victoria.
From a total of 410 post 20 week abortions, 210 were performed on physically healthy babies, with 10 of these undertaken after 28 weeks, a time when these babies could have been safely delivered alive and the psychosocial concerns of their mothers addressed.
Over a ten year period from 1999 – 2009 late term abortions in Victoria grew from 66 to 410, with more than half of these being undertaken for psychosocial reasons in every year since 2004 (2007 being an exception). The 2009 figures show an even more disturbing increase, that is the number of very late term abortions on healthy, viable babies for maternal psychosocial reasons.
Most of the general public continue to believe that late term abortions are only undertaken when women are seriously ill and their lives are threatened, or when their babies have no hope of survival and will die a more horrific death if allowed to come to term. Neither of these is true.
Most remain ignorant of the reality that women continue to be offered surgical solutions to their economic, social, relational, and mental health problems rather than positive solutions to address their circumstances, even when they are at a stage of pregnancy when their babies could be safely delivered alive.
The international research clearly demonstrates that up to 30% of women suffer serious and prolonged mental health problems after abortion with women having later term abortions being at higher risk than those having abortions at early gestations.
Research further indicates that the majority of women undergoing abortion do so feeling as if they have no other choice, forced to choose between their unborn and their jobs, or their education, or their partners or family support. This is not choice for women. This is coercion wrapped up in a tidy ‘safe and common surgical’ package that denies women the right to genuine and supported options.
Real Choices Australia rejects the idea that abortion is ever in a woman’s best interests or that surgical or medical solutions to women’s social, economic, or relational problems in the absence of genuine, supported alternatives can ever be considered a free choice.
MEDIA RELEASE, REAL CHOICES AUSTRALIA, WRITTEN BY DEBBIE GARRATT
Victoria: March for the Babies - 13th October 2012
· August 22, 2012 10:00 AM
March for the Babies is on Saturday 13 October 2012. The March is in response to the Abortion Law Reform Act passed in 2008 in Victoria, which makes abortion available for any reason up to birth. After that time a woman can obtain an abortion if two doctors agree – the reasons that can be used not only cover life and health issues – they include “social circumstances” as well.
The March commences at 1pm from Treasury Gardens and will feature an address from Lord Nicholas Windsor. The organizers are targeting an attendance of 20,000 to send a clear message to the Victorian Parliament that “we the people” demand right for the unborn child.
The March for the Babies Committee also invites anyone to attend its inaugural March for the Babies Oration Dinner with Lord Nicholas Windsor on the eve of the March, Friday 12
October 2012. The dinner commences at 7pm and will be held at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Grand Ballroom. Please visit the
for more details.
ACL submission on WA living wills
· November 01, 2007 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission on the West Australian Acts Amendment (Consent to Medical Treatment) Bill 2006.
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