Australia’s abortion clinic horrors

Why is abortion coming up more and more in the Australian national debate? In addition to the Australian data in the previous blog I wrote that shows many late-pregnancy abortion are  for “psychosocial” reasons, we now find another ugly abortion clinic story emerging:

“EXCLUSIVE: HEALTH authorities have launched investigations after a seriously ill woman was rushed to Box Hill Hospital last week following complications during surgery at a Melbourne clinic that specializes in late term abortions.

The woman remains in hospital in intensive care following complications during a late-term abortion at the Marie Stopes Maroondah clinic, formerly known as the Croydon Day Centre.”

So I thought that was it, a government report showing many late-term abortions for “psychosocial” reasons, and a woman seriously ill after a botched abortion. I was wrong. Another story about the same clinic explains that an abortion doc there had given 49 women hepatitis-C:

A DOCTOR charged with allegedly infecting 49 women with hepatitis C has been freed on $200,000 bail.

Anaesthetist James Latham Peters, 61, of Hawthorn appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, where he faced 162 charges. Those charges include 54 counts of conduct endangering life, 54 counts of recklessly causing injury and 54 counts of negligence causing serious injury.”

The facts ware stunning and this is just the cases that are known to the press and public. There could be more, still. What does this mean for Australia? And what does it mean for us here in the US and other countries since the article describes that people are traveling abroad to abort?

“One hundred and eight women who had psychosocial abortions travelled from interstate or overseas, where few doctors are willing to perform the procedure. At least two of the psycho-social abortions were performed on women more than 7 months pregnant.”

Obviously there must be some ease to the process in Australia for people to be willing to travel such distances in our current economic state to do this deed. And from all the data and reports, it seems the answer is because it is worth the while to end a life so you can keep your current one intact, whatever that may be — even if that means risking not only your unborn child’s life, but your own.

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