Infant Viability Bill 2015

Dr Rachel-Carling Jenkins MLC introduced the Infant Viability Bill 2015 to the Victorian Parliament in Oct 2015.
The bill bans abortions after 24 weeks and promotes infant viability though holistic care for mother and child.

Information about the bill:

“A Bill for an Act to ensure the provision of access to holistic care and support to pregnant women and preborn children so as to promote infant viability, to amend the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 and Crimes Act 1958, to make consequential amendments to certain other Acts and for other purposes.”

There have been a number of medical advances since the current Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 including in the area of fetal surgery and survival rates of babies born post-24 weeks gestation. The current law needs to be updated to reflect these advances.

The bill would ban abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, unless in the case of a medical emergency. The bill says that in the case of a medical emergency the end of pregnancy should be performed in such a way that still gives the preborn child the best chance of survival. Doctors and medical facilities will face penalities for violating the law.

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