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. 1
SALRI recommends that abortion should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal law matter and a woman’s autonomy and best health care should be respected and promoted.
Sounds fair enough doesn’t it. What it actually says is….
…abortion should be taken out of criminal law and placed under health law, thus removing every one of the regulations, safeguards and protections that were contained in the criminal law act.
This proposal that will discard these standards and protections is said to be in order to get rid of a ‘stigma’ that does not even exist. No woman is made to feel like a criminal when she seeks an abortion and no woman in SA has ever been convicted for having an abortion.
It also says…
…that a woman’s autonomy should be respected and promoted.
Autonomy (personal) means: self-directing freedom and especially moral independence.
This phrase ‘respected and promoted’ in this very first recommendation actually paves the way throughout all the other recommendations for women to have the final say, above health professionals, under all circumstances. But how can the right of ‘moral independence’ be legally granted to decide if another viable human being lives or dies, when they are capable of living outside the womb. This right does not apply to anyone else in society, nor should it.
The question must be asked and answered; ‘Why must the baby die in order for a woman to maintain personal autonomy over her own reproductive health?’ Why should she be given that inhumane right when a woman can deliver a late term baby alive and thus terminate her pregnancy and her parenthood.
This recommendation also says..
…that a woman’s best health care should be respected and promoted.
But here are subsequent recommendations by SALRI that do not uphold this first recommendation as previous safeguards are systematically removed: THIS IS NOT ‘best health care’ for women.
Recommendation No. 13 SALRI recommends that the present requirement for two medical practitioners to personally examine the patient does not account for current clinical practice, including telehealth and other remote forms of consultation, and should be removed.
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: (including a nurse, midwife or pharmacist)]
Recommendation No. 17 SALRI recommends that the present additional Commonwealth administrative requirements relating to the authorisation and/or registration of medical and other health practitioner to prescribe or dispense MS-2 Step (abortion pill) should be removed.
Recommendation No. 19 SALRI recommends that the present requirement in South Australia that an abortion can only be carried out or administered at a ‘prescribed hospital’ does not account for current clinical practice and should be removed.