By Dave Andrusko
The news from Australia could hardly be more grim.
In findings released by Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick in 2015, 27 babies survived late-term abortions (more than five months gestation), were given no care, and left to die.
This represents a more than 230% increase from 2005, according to figures from hospitals in Queensland (one of Australia’s largest states).
Queensland Health confirmed that in such cases, care is not rendered to the baby after a decision to terminate is made and it is left to perish in the clinic.
Mr Dick said such procedures were done in accordance to the Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline: Therapeutic termination of pregnancy.
“There are almost always severe circumstances leading to a small number of women who choose to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks’ gestation,” he said.
“The number of termination procedures where babies are born with signs of life at this stage is a very small proportion of the total live births each year in Queensland.”
If that weren’t bad enough, when Dick released the figures Wednesday, he said the number could be much higher when non-confirmed incidents are taken into account.
“I am advised these numbers represent less than 0.05 per cent of the total number of live births each year (including all hospitals in Queensland, both public and private hospitals combined),” Mr. Dick said, according to the ABC.
Mr. Dick’s response came after he was asked a question in May by Dr. Mark Robinson and asked to respond.
Greens Senator Larissa Waters had her own peculiar response to babies left to die. She said abortion should be “de-criminalised, saying that doing so would reduce the number of late-term procedures.”
That is in line with the proposal of Independent Queensland MP Rob Pyne who last month put forward a private members’ bill to completely legalize abortion in Queensland.