A litany of lies have emanated from abortionists, leftists and activist media types about the proposed Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2021. The question is why?

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The bill requires medical practitioners to treat babies born alive as a result of abortions the same as they would babies born of any other type of birth.

Such a requirement would ensure medical practices in our nation conform to the International Convention on the Rights of a Child which not only states that every child has the inherent right to life (Article 6), but also that no child shall be deprived of medical treatment, with a particular emphasis on diminishing infant mortality (Article 24).

Now Australia is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of a Child, and yet we know that every year hundreds of Australian children are born alive as a result of abortions and are deprived of medical treatment to ensure they do not die.

In fact, Queensland Health’s Clinical Guidelines on the Medical Termination of Pregnancy states (page 23):

“If a live birth occurs… do not provide life sustaining treatment… document the time and date of death.”

While the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill would require medical practitioners to ignore Queensland Health’s guidelines and intervene to save the life of a viable child born alive as a result of an abortion, it would not require them to intervene in hopeless situations.

To be clear, the bill would not require anyone to provide medical treatment to a baby born alive as a result of an abortion that had no chance of surviving.

What the bill would do is ensure that there is no discrimination in terms of the medical treatment afforded to babies born as a result of abortions as opposed to babies born premature or in other circumstances.

Recently, one of Twitter’s army of left-wing keyboard warriors tweeted out that the proposed law means “a baby born without a brain at 32 weeks who gasps for breath would not be allowed the dignity to die”.

If a baby was born without a brain in normal circumstances then doctors would not treat the baby. Under the provisions of the the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill, the same would apply for such a baby born alive as a result of an abortion.

The so-called “Reason Party” recently went on the attack as well, restating the incorrect claim that the bill would require doctors to intervene to save the lives of babies with no chance of survivability. They also claimed that the bill was promoting a myth and that babies were not born alive as a result of abortions.

Left-wing activist media outlets, the Guardian and Crikey, also made this claim in attacking the proposed law.

However the facts are clear: State Government data, as incomplete as it is, shows that there are babies born alive as a result of abortions every year. Actually, if you extrapolate the data (which is only available for a few States) there are potentially hundreds of babies born alive as a result of abortions in Australia.

There is also eye witness testimony from regretful mothers, doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners that many babies born in such circumstances are viable and yet they are just left to die.

The question is why do the media, the Left and abortionists lie about all of this and lie about the proposed Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill?

Don’t they want healthy babies born from failed abortions to survive?

 

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George Christensen hosts the Good Sauce political podcast, "Conservative One: Defending Traditions and Freedom", released every Saturday morning. George is a Member of Parliament representing the federal electorate of Dawson in north Queensland, and a member of the LNP. His podcast features discussions with prominent individuals and experts on both the big philosophical questions of our time and current events from a conservative worldview. He comes from a farming family and his background is in journalism and business.

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