Queensland

Queensland Government to Enlist Nurses and Midwives as Abortionists

7 March 2024

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The Miles Government aims to boost the state’s abortion “workforce” to give more Queensland women easy access to medical and drug-induced abortions.

Nurses, midwives and other health professionals will be empowered to perform abortions if a bill before the Queensland parliament passes, according to a report released by the Miles Labor Government on Monday.

The Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2023, introduced by Queensland Minister for Health, Mental Health and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman, will insert a new section (6A) into the state’s Termination of Pregnancy Act (2018) to create the provision.

If Queensland’s single-chamber, Labor-dominated parliament votes the bill into law, which is likely to take place on Thursday, nurse practitioners, endorsed midwives, and certain nurses and midwives who have undergone specialised training will be allowed to perform medical abortions.

The amendment is part of a five-year, $41.8 million ‘Termination of Pregnancy Action Plan 2032’ announced this week by the Miles Government.

Among the action plan’s other aims is to boost Queensland’s abortion “workforce” with additional social workers and nurses, and to establish a virtual abortion service “to improve access for women in rural and remote areas”.

Approved nurses and midwives will likewise be authorised to administer abortion drugs like MS-2 Step under the proposed changes.

When ‘Reproductive Health’ Means Death

Health and Women’s Minister Shannon Fentiman used euphemistic language to promote her government’s action plan and mask the grim reality that thousands of unborn Queenslanders are killed in abortions each year. She said:

Prior to 2018, abortion had been classed as an “offence against morality” under the criminal code in Queensland — a law written before women had the right to vote.

Recognising that abortion should be treated as a health matter, and supporting a woman’s right to reproductive health and autonomy, was a much-celebrated achievement.

But barriers continue to exist for Queensland women to access safe and timely termination of pregnancy services, particularly for women in rural and remote communities.

That’s why the Termination of Pregnancy Action Plan is so important.

This investment of over $40 million will help Queenslanders understand their options, choices, and pathway.

It will better support them through the termination process and give them choice and control of their reproductive health.

By “reproductive health”, “autonomy”, “pregnancy services”, “options”, “choices”, “pathway” and “termination process”, Ms Fentiman was, of course, referring to the killing of unborn babies.

Approximately 98 per cent of all abortions in Queensland are for reasons of convenience and are not related to the mother’s health or foetal disabilities.

Four Reasons the Bill Should Not Be Passed

Queensland-based pro-life organisation Cherish Life this week provided four reasons the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2023 should be opposed.

The first is that the abortion amendments present a significant health risk to vulnerable women:

Peak medical authorities are seriously concerned with the safety risks that the amendments will inevitably cause. For example, Dr. Gino Pecoraro, President of the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NASOG), highlights that 5% of all medical abortions result in complications, and concludes, “Someone could die from this.” Furthermore, Dr. Nick Yim, Vice President of Australian Medical Association Queensland stated in the hearing that it is “not safe for registered nurses to administer these medicines outside of a collaborative setting with appropriate clinical oversight.”

Secondly, Cherish Life expressed extreme concern about “the burden this Bill places on nurses and midwives, many of [whom] became health care practitioners to save life not to terminate it”.

The group also opposed the undemocratic tactics employed by the Miles Government in seeking to rush the Bill through parliament:

The fact that the report was released on 4 March and tabled for a vote on 7 March, provides evidence of Bill fast-tracking. This process allows for no time for healthy discussion or debate. This is especially critical in the light of such radical and life-threatening legislation.

Finally, “most significantly”, Cherish Life appealed to the Bill’s “primary victims — the unborn children who will lose their lives due to this expansion”.

The Canberra Declaration team encourages Queensland residents to contact their local member today and urge them to vote against the Bill.

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5 Comments

  1. Leonie Robson 7 March 2024 at 8:38 am - Reply

    This stuff sickens me.
    40+ billion dollars to kill babies, rather than support women who find themselves pregnant without support.
    Adoptive parents yearn for the opportunity to love and care for a baby, and are denied the opportunity due to the lack of available children.
    What a sick perverse generation.
    I really pray that nurses and midwives will be brave enough to say NO to these demands.

    • Jim Twelves 7 March 2024 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Leonie, yes indeed, lets pray that the nurses and midwives reach deep into their own hearts for their initial call into the medical profession, and like an avalanche say ‘not on my watch’, to this diabolical temptation to do evil.

  2. Jim Twelves 7 March 2024 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Kurt, its not often that a ‘news story’ makes me feel nauseous. It is not often that I see a title and say to myself, ‘I can’t read that’.
    Well that is what happened when I saw your title. No wonder the mainstream media do not cover it, as its so abhorrent to us all if we are honest. Their masters would be mad if they put our such stories as it would ‘kill their ratings, dead’.
    Thankfully, it will not kill the DD ratings, rather, I pray it boosts them as we can wake up ‘one more’ with this sort of atrocity.

  3. Liz Carter 9 March 2024 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    ‘Termination of Pregnancy Action Plan 2032’ – what a name. Let’s have a plan to kill off the unborn, let’s increase the numbers of people who can murder, who can take the lives of tiny and defenseless human beings. I feel sick and disgusted also. There’s more concern for the treatment of animals than of our precious unborn babies.

  4. Johanna Geoghegan 9 March 2024 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    This is shocking and all the more terrible that Shannon fentiman is the member for my area so I cannot do anything as I have tried to talk to her about this years ago when the talk first started and I know what she will say.

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