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Warriors for Life

Warriors for Life


Australian Senators Matt Canavan (LNP, Queensland) Alex Antic (Liberal Party, South Australia) and Ralph Babet (United Australia Party, Victoria) introduced the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 into the Australian Senate in November 2022. Most Australians are unaware babies are being born alive after abortions and left to die. Submissions to the inquiry have detailed evidence of this occurrence from research, government publications, and questions to parliaments revealing data on babies born alive in states.  In the second reading of the bill, Senator Canavan stated:

“The Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 seeks to place a duty of care on medical practitioners to provide exactly the same medical care and treatment to a child born alive as a result of an abortion as they would a child born in any other circumstances. Breaching that duty would incur a penalty and there is a new obligation for medical practitioners to report to the Federal Department of Health on children born alive as a result of abortions.”

Mary Collier, CEO prepared a submission in response to the Australian Senate referring the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 July 2023.

Submissions uploaded to date can be viewed on the Inquiry website bit.ly/3G9nv4z.

The Right to Life Australia Inc. recommends the following be adopted:

  1. A baby born alive after an abortion is afforded full federal protection of the law in Australia as applies to all citizens.
  2. The Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 is enacted to protect the lives and rights of babies born alive after abortions in Australia.
  3. National protocols governing provision of medical care for a child born alive after an abortion including physical assessment and treatment activity are mandated.
  4. Referral to the relevant state coroner for inquiry is mandatory for all babies born alive and who subsequently die after an abortion.
  5. Standardised mandatory national data collection for all states and territories on numbers, gestational age and treatment of all babies born alive after abortions is collected, reported to Federal parliament and is publicly available.
  6. If a baby born alive after an abortion, then subsequently dies, a medical practitioner- independent from the medical practitioner who carried out the abortion - is to certify the death of such a baby.
  7. Auditing of public hospital and private abortion clinics is mandated to ensure legislation in relation to live births after abortion is complied with.


Article in The Age newspaper by Barney Zwartz Oct 7, 2010The Right to Life Australia Inc. restates our position that a baby born alive after an abortion has an inalienable right to life. The findings of Greg Cavanagh, Northern Territory Coroner - over 20 years ago - on the death of baby Jessica Jane reminds us of this urgent human rights issue in Australia which must be addressed.

"The deceased was not and should not be described as a 'foetus', an 'aborted foetus', an 'abortus', a 'living foetus' or a 'living abortus', 'nonviable foetus', 'live neonate' or anything else that diminishes her status as a human being.

"In my view, the fact that her birth was unexpected and not the desired outcome of the medical procedure should not result in her, and babies like her, being perceived as anything less than a complete human being." bit.ly/3MvDRZo

Australia must recognise and protect the life of all babies born alive after abortions as the latest British Medical Association - policy book (2021-2022 edition) Item 9 states: "…babies born alive as a result of termination of pregnancy procedures receive the same full neonatal care as that available to other babies." (Policy passed in 2004 and still current). bit.ly/3moAR6t

A copy of the bill is available at bit.ly/3G64q3r.

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