We are delighted to learn that the Croydon clinic in Melboirne will no longer be performing abortions on unborn babies over 24 weeks.
Although we would rather they stop doing abortions completely, this news is welcome!
In warning of women "pursuing unsafe solutions", Health Services Commissioner, Beth Wilson seems to forget that only about a month ago, a 42 year old woman died just days after having an abortion at this clinic, and that another 40 year old lady almost died just weeks earlier. She seems to also be trivializing the infecting of some 60 women with hepatitis C at this Croydon facility. Ms Wilson stated that "The worst case scenario is that it will lead to backyard abortions" - we would argue that the harm inflicted at this clinic is no different (to that in "backyard abortions"), but on a bigger scale and with government endorsement and funding!
While pleased with this development, we are disappointed that the Baillieu Government hasn't yet repealed the current abortion laws which have legitimised the harm done to women and babies at this clinic and in others across Victoria.
We remain optimistic that the Victorian Government will reinstate protection for women, babies and families and the tragedies that have occurred since 2008 will not have been in vain.
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