Tighe calls Tasmanian abortion act a denial of the right to life
Right to Life Australia media release
22 November 2013
“The blackest day for mothers and their unborn babies,” said Margaret Tighe, President of the Right to Life Australia, referring to the passage of the Tasmanian 'Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013.'
“It is a denial of the Rights of the Child, a denial of conscientious objection for doctors and criminalising people who want to offer help to pregnant women,” she said. “Instead of offering help to mothers, the government offered more access to kill their unborn child,” she said.
The International Covenant on the Rights of the Child, states, 'the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.' “This Act does nothing to protect children or help their mothers,” said Margaret Tighe. She continued, “People outside abortion clinics advised the mothers that they had something better to offer the mother than what the abortion centre offered them. It’s about criminalising dissent, the right to freedom of expression and assembly.”
“Health Minister, Michelle O’Byrne has tried to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes by saying it is about women having the right to do what they want with their body. With abortion, there is another body involved – that of her unborn child. It is an inconvenient truth to some, so it is denied,” she said. “In the future, with better education and people seeing ultrasounds of their unborn child, people will see the beautiful humanity of the unborn child,” she said.
“This is the blackest day in Tasmania’s history. The Port Arthur massacre killed dozens of people but this bill will kill thousands. Tasmania is committing demographic suicide,” she concluded.