Ban on Medicare funding for gender specific abortions


Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan introduced the bill Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 to the Senate on Tuesday 19 March.

Senator Madigan said this bill is about removing finance from ‘the abhorrent practice of picking the gender of a child to suit the lifestyle of the parents’.

“You do not pick the gender of the child to suit the colour of the nursery,” Senator Madigan said.

“I believe that the overwhelming majority of Australians would be completely disgusted knowing that not only are unborn children being killed because they are the wrong sex, but that this practice is funded by their tax dollars.

“My opponents will say that this practice does not occur in Australia. The truth is, we do not keep adequate records on abortions done in this country, let alone the reasons they are done.

“Some may argue that this practice does not occur in Australia. The truth is we do not keep records on the number of abortions done in this country and the reasons why they are done.

“We know that this practice occurs worldwide, in developed and undeveloped countries. And there has been considerable concern in the US, Canada and the UK.

“To believe it does not happen here is simply blind ignorance.”

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee for Finance and Administration which will be receiving submissions from concerned groups and individuals until 24 April 2013.

“Everyone who is concerned with stopping this abhorrent practice should make a submission to the Senate Inquiry”, urged Senator Madigan.

Details for submissions can be found here.

In order to be considered, submissions need to strictly address the terms of the Inquiry.

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