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GP of 30 years shocked at Tasmanian abortion bill

A Tasmanian doctor wrote to us recently, saying:

I’ve worked for 30 years as a GP. I see many female patients, including those with both planned and unplanned pregnancies.

Until 1989, I was involved in antenatal care and deliveries. I make no secret of my conscientious objection to abortion.

Over the years, a number of women have thanked me that I did not refer them for abortion as they initially requested, but rather presented them with options for continuing the pregnancy.

I am very concerned that abortion is to be made readily available up to 24 weeks for reasons of convenience.

Although the legislation suggests that after 24 weeks it will only be available for medical reasons, it will be relatively easy for women to claim that the continuation of an unwanted pregnancy will affect their “psychological well-being”. This is a horrendous act, destroying the life of a viable human being just because the baby is unwanted.

I fully understand when termination may be required to save a woman’s life – in this day and age with our modern medicine, this is very rare. I also understand when the baby has severe abnormalities that are incompatible with life – I would not expect a woman to continue to carry a baby who certainly cannot live. In my 30 years as a GP, I have had only one woman who has needed termination for such a reason, due to an anencephalic baby (absence of the brain).

Women sometimes are pressured into considering abortion by their families or partners , then carry regrets for the rest of their lives – I have seen a number of such women myself. I think this is worse for their psychological well-being than continuing a pregnancy.

I am also concerned that the legislation would force me to send any patient requesting abortion to another doctor who will perform an abortion. I strongly object to being forced into a situation where I must facilitate the taking of human life.

A petition against the bill has quickly gathered more than 2000 signatures.  You can sign the petition here.

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10 comments on “GP of 30 years shocked at Tasmanian abortion bill

  1. Anna
    April 2, 2013

    Its still better then having a baby that is unwanted and unloved. No one (not even a doctor) has the right to dictate to others about the choices they make. How dare we judge the lives of others (usually complete strangers) when we have never walked even one step in their shoes. If you don’t like abortion then don’t have one. Live your own life and move on.

    • Erin
      April 3, 2013

      Anna – you’re right – nobody has the right to dictate to others about the choices they make – or to judge. This bill takes away the choice of a doctor. Did you put yourself in the shoes of this doctor (probably a complete stranger) before you judged him?

    • Clare
      April 6, 2013

      Just because a child is ‘unwanted’ does not mean they deserve to die. No one deserves to die because they are ‘unwanted’ or ‘unloved.’ There are countless people in our world who have no one to love them and there are governments that may even want gotten rid of, but it doesn’t mean they should die.
      There is no going back from abortion; the procedure cannot be un-done. Life is a good thing and everyone deserves to live theirs, whether someone wants them to have one or not. Morality and ensuring everyone does the right thing are apart of every law. We don’t accept killing (that’s not in self defence), stealing or fraud, assult, rape, drink driving etc, all because they are wrong and someone suffers. All are detrimental to a civil and healthy society. It’s not about judging and enforcing ones own views on to another. It is however about ensuring that morality is maintained in a growing individualistic society. If someone were to steal a car, because they needed it and thought that it was their right to do so (in their circumstances), it doesn’t make it right. If someone wanted to abuse or kill their own child because they became too difficult or had a medical condition it doesn’t make it right for them to do so. Children aren’t the propoerty of their parents. No one is ever considered property or the slave of another. The parties involved might be complete strangers and we mightn’t know their situations or reasons for doing so but the act (i.e. stealing or killing) doesn’t become at all acceptable.

      A black preacher once said: “There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of a higher order than the right to life.
      “That,” he continued, “was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore out of your right to be concerned.”
      ‘This passionate reverend used to warn: “Don’t let the pro-choicers convince you that a feotus isn’t a human being. That’s how the whites dehumanised us … The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify what they wanted to do—and not even feel they’d done anything wrong.”’

    • Marg
      April 24, 2013

      excuse me, how dare we decide to exterminate ,get rid of,… which ever way u want to put it, a life,which has no say.at all. Who do u think u are to decide that for another person,because it is another person.– No matter how hard the situation, there are ways to work it out with help .

  2. Sally O'Neal
    April 3, 2013

    Please, who is the doctor? I would like to thank him for his comments.

  3. Shirley
    April 3, 2013

    They are so many pets that are unloved and unwanted; ignored by their owners but i don’t see people going around slithering their pets neck!
    Judgment is a natural human being response (common sense) to an injustice situation or whether something is beneficial to us or otherwise. We judge all the time; if the food serves at a restaurant is great or not, our education system, clothing we wear…. but somehow, when it comes to issues like Abortion; the meaning of the word “judgement” has been hijacked through and through. This is definitely not a place of condemnation. If anyone should see their neighbour through their kitchen window attempting to murder someone, how dare do we NOT JUDGE and act to save the life of the victim?! Have we lost our RIGHTS and CHOICES to save and help the innocent in the name of of non-judgement and respecting the privacy and not dictating the choices that others make?
    We have totally lost our common sense in the value of life when we start making this a privacy issues. It makes no difference to child abuse, molestation, killing or any other crime in this world if the world stops “judging” and “respect each other rights to privacy” in this manner.
    But most protests against abortion though starts with “judgement” does not end there. (Judgement to condemn does). It empowers our society to not just stop abortion but to enlist more help and support to those who had to face such horrific options. Why can’t we gather resources and energy to provide long term solution rather than a short term termination of an innocent life?

  4. Geoffrey Bullock
    April 3, 2013

    Anna, you were once a baby in your mother’s womb. Would you have wanted to die or have life?

  5. Luigi Rosolin
    April 3, 2013

    To: Anna on what knowledge you base your disapproval of the doctor clear and moral ethical by him. Can you give a good reason that abortion had help any women? I don’t think you can do. What experience in the matter you had and knowledge?
    Had you ears from women’s that had be butchered by parenthood and other abortion clinic and the pain of women that had aborted? Before you give so negative answer to life do some search about. Read on web page report’s from LifeNews.com one of many pro life site.

  6. Luigi Rosolin
    April 3, 2013

    The doctor from Tasmania is a voice not isolate as the main majority of people in the field are again abortion for many reason not only moral one.

  7. sherrindrew
    April 12, 2013

    It is excellent to have this man’s testimony. Thank you for sharing.

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