Media Release

July 5, 2010

If the public were properly informed of the reality of the unspeakable cruelty which results from open-slather abortion laws, surveys would find less enthusiasm for the practice, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said in response to claims today that decriminalising abortion has high public support.

ACL spokesperson Michelle Pearse said people would be less favourable if they knew where Victorian-style decriminalisation of abortion leads – the termination of unborn babies all the way to full term.

Ms Pearse said it is difficult to give credence to research on abortion when the lead author of the findings is a doctor implicated in the questionable abortion of a near-term baby who opposes the kind of laws that would have held him accountable.

“It was Dr de Crespigny’s ending of the life of a 32-week unborn baby girl with suspected dwarfism in 2000 which was used as a lever for the Victorian law change in 2008. And the result of decriminalisation? A recent media report indicated that there has been a huge increase in late-term abortions at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital since decriminalisation – from one per fortnight to an alarming three per week.

“The tragedy compounds when you consider that in 2007 – even prior to decriminalisation - 345 late-term babies were aborted in Victoria, with 52 of them found to be still alive after the procedure and left to die.”

Abortion claims 80,000-100,000 unborn children each year. Ms Pearse said public opinion could never make abortion right, just as slavery was always wrong even when it enjoyed public support before laws were changed in Britain and America.

Ms Pearse said the tragedy of late-term babies being born alive and left to die – at a stage when they are old enough to survive in neonatal nurseries – happens regularly in Australia. These cruel practices would likely increase if the pro-abortion lobby had its way in convincing other States to follow Victoria’s example.

“Too often the abortion debate is couched in terms of rare scenarios which bear little resemblance to common practice. In reality, most abortions are for ‘psycho-social’ reasons or non-lethal or doubtful abnormalities. Rarely are women with unsupported pregnancies given real alternatives,” Ms Pearse said.

“Instead we see women being left to the counselling of abortion clinics and any real information about what happens to aborted babies being banished from the public discussion as too distasteful. Most States don’t even keep up-to-date statistics, despite the cross party recommendation of a recent Senate inquiry.”

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