Submissions to remove Medicare funding for sex selection abortions – Speak Up Now!

Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013

Inquiry Submissions Deadline – Wednesday 24 April 2013

Last month, Senator John Madigan introduced into the Senate the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill that would remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions. There are reports that sex selection abortions currently take place in Australia for those couples who have a cultural preference for boys or for “family balancing” by parents who want a child of a particular sex. The bill has now been referred to a Senate Committee for inquiry and report.

The Committee is seeking written submissions to the inquiry from interested individuals and organisations. We encourage you to make a short submission in support of the bill to ensure unborn children are afforded the most basic of human rights: life.

You can send a submission:
Online; or
• Via email to fpa.sen@aph.gov.au

Submissions must be received by Wednesday 24 April 2013.

Some points you might like to consider in your own words:

• Aborting an unborn child solely on the basis of gender is not a medical procedure and should therefore not be afforded Medicare benefits
• Medicare funding should be strictly limited to health procedures; taxpayers should not be funding decisions based purely on cultural or personal preference
• It is the duty of legislators to ensure every child, regardless of gender, is afforded the basic human right of life
• The law should protect the unborn given their vulnerable state, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
• By providing Medicare funding of sex-selection abortions, is contributing to the increase of this abhorrent act; the government should work to see a reduction in abortion.

For more information on the inquiry and how you can make a submission, visit the Senate inquiry website.

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