Shelley Hadfield (Herald Sun Jan 8, 2010) has written an article
describing a couple's decision to abort twin boys, in their quest to have a baby girl. The article describes how the couple still "grieve for a daughter they lost soon after birth". The mother admits that she "has become obsessed with having a daughter and it has become vital to her psychological health". They are taking their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to win the right to select sex by IVF treatment.
The Herald Sun quotes Australian IVF pioneer, Gab Kovaks, as saying "that he could not understand why the couple should be banned from having a girl", but Bob Phelps, Gene Ethics director, feared that "it could open floodgates". Mr Phelps also said to the Herald Sun that "I'm sorry they lost their daughter, but in the interests of society as a whole, they should seek some counselling for their grief and look for another way of getting a daughter into the family". His suggestion was that they may adopt from overseas.
This whole scenario points to the cruelty of the abortion industry which allows the killing of unborn babies, in this instance, because of their gender - this is dangerous ground. We pride ourselves on being a nation of equality and yet we face the very real possibility of creating and killing babies because of their sex.
The abortion industry has failed these precious twin boys, as well as yet another mother/couple who are obviously in distress and suffering psychologically. This couple have tragically become the parents of not one, but now three dead babies - another instance of babies, women and families deserving better than abortion.
This article also highlights the seemingly "unacceptable choice" that "pro choicers" still refuse to support or lobby for... adoption. Why must this mother need to seek an overseas adoption to get the baby girl she so desperately wants, when tens of thousands of baby girls are aborted right here in Australia each year? Because adoption is not a viable, supported "choice" within Australia - something that needs to be changed.
Recently LNA produced an article
about a survey that showed that the majority of Australians do not support abortion or IVF for sex selection. This is supported by the vote poll
'Should this couple be allowed to choose the sex of their next baby?', in which 90% of the 4206 respondents have voted 'No' so far. The comments following this poll are also indicative of public opinion. This has important implications for the abortion industry and law makers - if abortion was made legal because of public opinion, then how can abortion be legal in this situation, when obviously the majority do not support abortion for this reason?
The legalisation of abortion in Victoria was driven by surveys
that (supposedly) proved that Australians support abortion and because of "common practice". How many other reasons for abortion does our society reject? Gender selection by abortion is already technically legal in Victoria, when women are able to abort to twenty four weeks 'for any reason on demand' or beyond twenty four weeks with the signatures of two doctors.
Law makers have an obligation to protect life and to restore the value of the unborn, women and families. No one can argue that women and couples deserve better than abortion!
Related Articles By:
News 24 - 'When abortion becomes frivolous'
- 'Our Brave New World of Abortion'
- 'When Only a Girl Will Do'
Helen Parker - The Babes Project
- 'Gender Selection Abortion'
Bill Muehlenberg - Culture Watch