Empowering young Australians to be a clear Christian voice
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.