Victoria passed the Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 to applause from most and outrage from some, removing abortion from the criminal code.
Since then a small but vocal minority has campaigned to have abortion re-criminalised in Victoria. They have also been vocal in trying to keep these law changes from spreading to other states in Australia.
In December 2011 lifenetwork.org.au released a number a videos they purport to highlight “Victoria’s Darkest Secret.”
Among them was the following:
This question was posed within the video.
Who do you think is exempt from mandatory reporting of suspected sexual abuse in Victoria?
A) a teacher
B) a child care worker
C) a paediatrician
D) an abortionist
You can probably guess the answer they’ll provide, given the use of the loaded word “abortionist.”
“I would have thought they’d all be covered.”
Correct. They are.
In fact the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 as referenced above sets out the debate on this issue. Robert Clark, the Liberal MP for Box Hill and current Attorney General, moved an amendment requiring mandatory reporting of suspected abuse. The then Minister for Health Daniel Andrews, ALP MP for Mulgrave, responded that there were already provisions for mandatory reporting in the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and he saw “no argument to replicate it in this bill.” He went on to say that “There are many other statutes; they all work together and ought to be viewed in that context. “
So what is the truth? Are doctors exempt from mandatory reporting in providing an abortion? Of course not. The Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 reads: Are you surprised that the self righteous would lie to further their cause?
The facts can’t help their cause, so they have nothing left other than lies.
How would you feel being included in these videos and being lied to?
lifenetwork.org.au should be honest and admit their lies, but I’m not going to hold my breath for an admission any time soon.