West Australian politician Nick Goiran is pushing for the state parliament to investigate why 27 babies who were born alive after abortion procedures were left to die.
The Liberal MP tabled a petition in the Legislative Council calling for an inquiry into why these babies – six of whom survived abortions after 26 weeks of gestation – were not given the same care as any other premature baby.
It is through Goiran’s questions in parliament since 2011 that the Health Minister revealed that 27 babies in WA survived abortion between 1999 and 2016. The majority were late-term abortions – 15 were between 20-25 weeks and six were 26 weeks or later.
He says the Health Minister made it clear in parliament that no medical care had been offered to many of these babies. He says the law is quite clear that, once born, a baby is a WA citizen, whether accidental or not, and entitled to all the rights and privileges of any WA citizen.
“Health practitioners tell us that in Western Australia the protocol is that if the baby is 23 weeks or more, then they engage with all the resources that are available and the skills and so on. It’s a call to action at 23 weeks or more,” he tells Eternity.
“We know that there were at least six [late-term abortions] that were 26 weeks or more, so why were those six Western Australian babies given a lesser standard of care than other Western Australian babies at 26 weeks or more?”
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