Search and destroy missions to become easier

Right to Life Australia media release - Monday 28 October 2013

“The new blood test (NIPS) for chromosomal disorders of unborn children is set to become their death sentence,” said Dr. Katrina Haller, Senior Executive Officer of the Right to Life Australia, “and as for ticking a box to ascertain the gender of the baby, we see in the case of Dr Hobart of Sunshine, Victoria, that this has resulted in female feticide.” Dr Haller was referring to a report on the new blood test in the Sunday Age.
 
“The new blood test makes it easier to go on the search and destroy missions that seem to have been embraced by some members of the medical community. It is as if they have decided on a policy of eliminating babies who are “not perfect.” This discriminates against them on the basis of a disability,” said Dr. Haller.
 
“We hear from many mothers who are subject to intense pressure from their doctors to abort once a diagnosis has been made that their unborn baby has a disability. What does this say to those in our community who have a disability - that their lives are valueless, not worth living. Who are we to make such a negative judgement?” she asked. 
 
“Furthermore, the gender of an unborn child is medically irrelevant,” she said, “but in the State of Victoria, where you can abort your child for any reason, we have seen a couple request and obtain a late term abortion because their child was female. This is extreme misogyny. It is now set to be able to be done earlier in the pregnancy. How is this an advance?” she asked. “Why promote extreme misogyny? Our women need to stand up and object to the promotion of female feticide, as it devalues women and should have no place in a civilised country.” 
 
For further comment, telephone Dr Haller on 03 9385 0144 or 0414 267 306.
 

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