DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is.
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The Bill was referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry. The public submissions on the Bill are available to read.

The Senate Committee inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 21 May 2013
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Tassie Abortion Push

The public submission period of the Tasmanian legalising abortion push has been extended to 5 April 2013. 

Jacquie Petrusma MP is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortions. 

More than 80 people attended a silent protest against the proposed abortion law changes according to a report in the Examiner. 

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.” Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne is behind the legislation.O’Byrne is a member of Emily’s List, the group of Labor women who support abortion.

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

Action: Tasmanian MP Jacquie Petrusma is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortion. To sign the petition click here. The closing date to sign the petition is 10 April. As at 26 March, 825 people had signed the petition.

Action: makeastand.org.au is asking people to write to their MP voicing opposition to the proposed abortion laws. As of March 26, 2013 more than 1000 people had used this service. 

For hard copies of the Govt documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tasmanian same-sex adoption Bill

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that the Tasmanian Govt’s Children’s Minister Michelle O’Byrne has tabled changes to the Adoption Act that would allow unmarried and homosexual couples to adopt children given up by their biological parents. The ACL has urged the Tasmanian Govt to reject the changes. O’Byrne is part of Emily’s List, which promotes and supports abortion.

For ACL story click here. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Anti Discrimination Laws

The Australian Senate has referred the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 for inquiry and report. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is inquirying into extending the protection from discrimination to the new grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The bill also seeks to provide discrimination protection for same-sex de facto couples. 

Action: Saltshakers asks people to make a submission to the inquiry. The submission period closes 26 April 2013. The committee will make its report on 17 June 2013. For info on how to make a submission and on the inquiry visit here. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is. 
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry.

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the parties to allow the bill to be debated.

See story published in the Sydney Morning Herald “Senator pushes to remove funding for abortions” by Lenore Taylor, Feb 27.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write a submission to the inquiry. For details on the inquiry and ways to make a submission click here. The submission deadline is 24 April 2013, The inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Dear Readers,

The battle front continues to be in Tasmania this month. See submissions/petitions for ways to get involved. I am informed that you do not need to live in Tasmania to let your views be known on the proposed laws. On what is occurring in Tasmania the Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton had this to say in the latest ACL enews: “With less than 12 months to the next election, the Labor-Green Government there seems bent on deconstructing the pillars of civil society.”

“This is particularly as it relates to our most vulnerable – children. Today a bill was introduced by the Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne to allow same-sex couples access to what is known as stranger adoption. Please pass on this newsletter to anyone you know in Tasmania and encourage them to be vocal. History shows that inaction by many Christians in the past has meant that Western Australia as well as other states now have very liberal abortion laws. This need not be the case if the opposition is strong enough. Such Govt actions gives us an opportune time to provide a positive contribution to public debate.”

Please continue to uphold our Governments prayer.

Gary

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tassie Euthanasia Push

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, in association with Greens leader, Nick McKim, launched a Euthanasia Discussion paper on 4 Feb 2013. Despite strong opposition in the Parliament, the premier says she will push ahead with plans to legalise euthanasia. 

On March 25 2013 the ABC reported that the Premier stands by euthanasia push.

The public submission period closed March 15, 2013. 

For Paper click here.

For short companion paper click here.

For article on the Discussion paper published in the Australian click here.

For response from the Australian Christian Lobby click here. 

See info from Saltshakers.

Action: Makeastand.org.au asks people to write a letter to their MP on the issue. The website includes details on what to write and to whom. As of 26 March 2013, 1405 people had used this service to write letters to their MP. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tassie Euthanasia Push

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, in association with Greens leader, Nick McKim, has launched a Euthanasia Discussion paper on 4 Feb 2013. 

Action: Saltshakers asks that people make a submission on the paper. Submissions are due March 15, 2013. 

For Paper click here.

For short companion paper click here.

For article on the Discussion paper published in the Australian click here.

For response from the Australian Christian Lobby click here. 

See info from Saltshakers.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Tassie Abortion Push

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.”

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

For hard copies of these documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

All responses must be received by 5:00pm Friday 22 March 2013.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a motion in the Senate in late February to ban funding of abortions “procured on the basis of gender selection” – a practice widely occurring overseas and “likely to be happening here”.

The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 will likely be introduced into parliament this month.

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the parties to allow the bill to be debated.

See story published in the Sydney Morning Herald “Senator pushes to remove funding for abortions” by Lenore Taylor, Feb 27.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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