Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Media 2008-08-19 DLP Questions Abortion Report

Press Release
19 August 2008

DLP Questions VLRC Abortion Report in Parliament

Peter Kavanagh, DLP MP for Western Victoria, today gave notice of a motion expressing "deep concern" at the failures of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's Report on abortion.

Mr Kavanagh said, "the Report is clearly not the result of honest attempts to find the truth. For example there is overwhelming evidence that abortion is agonisingly painful to many fetuses and is also harmful to women. The VLRC report ignored the preponderance of evidence and accepted dissenting, minority opinions on these important topics".

Please find copy of the Notice of Motion below.

For further comment please contact Peter Kavanagh on 03 5222 1503.



I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —

That this House notes with deep concern the failures of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's Final Report on the Law of Abortion, in that the Report either ignored or dismissed a large volume of cogent, valuable scientific evidence showing physical and mental health risks of abortion to women and took no adequate or appropriate steps to provide the Government with that information, and further notes that the deficiencies in the Report include —

(1) the failure to acknowledge the risks of psychological damage, depression, suicide, the abortion breast cancer link, infertility and damage to the cervix and uterus resulting in pre-term births in subsequent pregnancies with concomitant problems including cerebral palsy;

(2) opposition to mandated information provisions;

(3) opposition to mandatory counselling;

(4) opposition to any anti-coercion legislation thereby leaving women vulnerable to pressure by husbands, partners, family and others to have abortions which are not genuinely of their own choosing;

(5) the failure to recommend banning partial-birth abortion, now banned in the United States of America;

(6) the failure to seriously address the issue of fetal pain; and

(7) the failure to address the role of abortion in destroying evidence of the sexual abuse of young women and the obligation of all medical practitioners to report evidence of child abuse.


Peter Kavanagh MLC
Member for Western Victoria
Parliament of Victoria

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1 Yarra Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Ph: 03 5222 1503
Fax: 03 5222 8677


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