THESE EXTRACTS ARE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE SA LAW REFORM INSTITUTE’S REPORT THAT WILL ADVISE THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AS TO RECOMMENDED CHANGES FOR NEW ABORTION LAWS IN SA.
Recommendation No. 21
SALRI recommends that … the relevant law in South Australia should be amended, consistent with general health law practice, to provide that an abortion can be undertaken at any gestational stage with the involvement of one health practitioner.
[SALRI’s footnote: ‘This approach places decision making responsibility with the woman…’]
This warrants very careful examination of the terms:
‘any gestational stage’: means abortion to full term
‘involvement’: does NOT mean ‘consent’ or ‘approval’. The woman has the final say.
‘health practitioner’: means not necessarily a qualified doctor
This means abortion ‘on demand’ with no specific reason required.
Recommendation No. 23
SALRI recommends that…up to 24 weeks gestation an abortion can be performed by one health practitioner but, after 24 weeks gestation …and recognising the woman’s autonomy, an abortion may be performed by a medical practitioner, but only after that medical practitioner has consulted with another medical practitioner and both are of the view that the proposed procedure is medically appropriate.
This actually means no ‘criteria’ needs to apply and the woman has the last say anyway.
It is therefore meaningless and provides unrestricted freedom to abort a fully formed baby.
Recommendation No. 25
SALRI recommends that any new law in South Australia should not include a requirement for an abortion (including a late term abortion) to be approved by a second specialist medical practitioner (such as a gynaecologist)…
This means no approval from anyone should be required.
• Allow abortion to be carried out by other than qualified doctors
Recommendation No. 14
SALRI recommends that any new law in South Australia should clarify that the performance of an abortion should not necessarily be confined to a medical practitioner but should refer to a health practitioner. …
SALRI’s footnote explained health practitioner as… (including a nurse, midwife or pharmacist))
• Allow late term abortion of viable babies
Recommendation No. 22
SALRI recommends that the present rebuttable upper limit of 28 weeks for an abortion… is inappropriate and no upper limit for a lawful abortion should be provided for in any new law.
This means abortion up to birth to be legal
This means no requirement for severe disability as criteria to allow for a late term abortion.
No criteria at all need apply. (see Recommendation No. 23)
• Allow ‘sex selection’ abortions
Recommendation No. 36
SALRI notes that….any legislation on gender selective abortion is unnecessary,…and therefore recommends that there should be no legislative prohibitions in South Australia on gender selective abortion.
Speaks for itself.
• Allow babies born alive to be left to die
Recommendation No. 59
SALRI recommends that no incidental changes are necessary in South Australia to the laws that govern ….the regulation of health practitioners, public hospitals and health services and licensed private facilities.
This will therefore omit the present regulations governing the reporting of babies born alive….
No reporting requirement, no requirement for administering life-saving health care.
Child concealment should be included in abortion legislation.
• Allow unsupervised and self-administration by rural women of high complication risk abortion pills
Recommendation No. 3
SALRI notes the benefits of telemedicine to address rural, regional and remote access issues in relation to abortion and recommends that any new law in South Australia should not prevent or restrict the use of telehealth medicine when appropriate, based on current clinical practice and procedures.
[telehealth: delivery of healthcare via telecommunications technology]
This is referring mainly to the distribution of medical abortion pills that have been statistically proven to have high complication rates in South Australia. Administration of these pills [MS-Step2] away from the near vicinity of emergency healthcare is contrary to the Product Information guidelines and officially unendorsed by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.