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Election Survey - Victoria 2010 - Q7


Q7 - Abortion

Would you vote to support an inquiry into babies born alive but subsequently dying after a procured abortion?

 


Party Reply
Score
Australian Labor Party

The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity reports on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity matters, and the 2008 report is due out later this year.  

A parliamentary inquiry would not be appropriate. 

 2
Liberal-National Party

Under a Coalition government, any decisions in relation to a neo-natal deaths inquiry will be made in light of any further evidence or other matters that may arise.

The Coalition allowed a free vote to its members on the motion for an inquiry that was debated in the Legislative Council on 28 July 2010.   The Labor Party voted as a block against the motion, and the motion was unsuccessful.   If further matters or evidence arise, that would need to be looked at on its merits and decisions made at that time.

 7
Democratic Labor Party

Yes, definitely.  Clause 12b: The DLP shall uphold the principles of liberty intended to affirm the sacredness of human life, from its inception until natural death as the fundamental basis for all human rights. 

 10
Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.

 10
Family First Party

Yes, definitely.

 10
The Greens

A parliamentary inquiry could not achieve anything other than further distress the parents of the babies who have died in such tragic circumstances, because no medical intervention could have saved the baby's life.

They were all born pursuant to early induced labour after the parents had been told of serious defects in the foetus, which meant that their much-wanted baby could not survive.

These were some of the most examined deaths in Victoria.  Before they died, their cases were referred and discussed, over and over.  Expertise was drawn from across the state on the nature of the diagnosis, and whether there was any option to save the baby.  All options were considered until there was no hope.

These deaths occurred in hospitals, staffed by medical professionals.  Multiple medical professionals were involved.  The deaths were reported to the Consultative Council for Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality.

At every stage health services officers have an obligation to report to the Coroner if there was any suspicion of wrongdoing.  For example, if there had been a misdiagnosis, or if anyone saw anything other than the best available palliative care for the baby.  Parents could also have referred independently to the Coroner.

The Coroner did not investigate any of those 52 deaths.  This indicates to us that there was no suspicion of any breach.

As the baby has been born alive, it is an Australian citizen with all the full rights to medical treatment or palliative care of any dying citizen.

 2
Australian Sex Party

The Australian Sex Party believes those who have the expertise to respond to this question are the best to do so.   As an inquiry was not included in the recommendations made by the 2007 report of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity our party would be reluctant to support one based on the arguments presented here.

 2

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000



 


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