Mr. Brumby has betrayed families, stolen the rights of parents and is providing abortions to underage children.
It is apalling that Mr. Brunby and his pro abortion supporters have now made it possible for girls under the age of 18 to have abortions without the consent or even knowledge of their parents.
An article by the Herald Sun reveals an alarming figure - that more than 3,350 young women under 20 years of age had abortions in Victoria last year - nine each day. The article states "The shocking number of unwanted pregnancies included 209 abortions performed on girls under 16, several without their parents' knowledge. At least two 12-year-olds had terminations".
It is a great concern that these girls may also not have the advice, resources and support to make an informed decision regarding their pregnancy. Negative attitudes in society about teenagers having babies would make a decision to keep their unborn baby very difficult. There is also an increased likelihood of coercion to abort due to the mother (and perhaps her partner) being so young. It is deceptive to inform a girl that things go back to how they were before or that she can replace this baby with another when she is older. Research shows the damage abortion does to women, psychologically and physically here - at such an impressionable age, there is potential for years of grief and regret.
Bizarrely, youths under the age of 18 must have parental consent to have piercings done, but not to abort an unborn baby. Access to abortion under the age of 18 without parental consent also raises issues of child protection, mandatory reporting and potentially offers offenders protection from prosecution for crimes such as incest and sexual child abuse.
This is unacceptable legislation. We, as parents, deserve better and our kids deserve protection that Brumby is unwilling to offer them.