Dr Gillespie urges Nationals colleagues to consider state abortion bill carefully

Carla Mascarenhas ~ Excerpt Reproduced from Wauchope Gazette 21/8/19

Federal member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie had this to say: He believes the legislation is unnecessary because abortion was "decriminalised in 1971 and it is not a crime if you have a lawful abortion in NSW".

 "No person has been charged under the Crimes Act bar two cases," he said.

"One was a lady who at 28 weeks pregnancy tried to self-terminate her own pregnancy, and another was unregistered medical practitioner."

He said he was particularly concerned by abortions after 22 weeks based on "embryology, anatomy and physiology".

Dr Gillespie previously worked as the director of physician training at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

"You are dealing with abortion of a human being that has got a separate circulation and nervous system, all those things make up a human being," Dr Gillespie said

"A child in the womb is another human being and deserves protection.”

"A child doesn't miraculously become a human being once it pops out at delivery."

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