The Parliamentary Group on Population & Development made a submission in late 2008 advocating the financial benefits of aborting handicapped persons because of the costs which will result if they are allowed to be born. Senator Claire Moore, argued that disabled people are expensive to look after and therefore Medicare should continue to fund late abortions.
Chris Meney of Sydney Life, Marriage and Family Centre said, "Such a 'search and destroy' attitude towards the needy and vulnerable is repugnant to a decent society. Instead we should look to do whatever we can to assist mothers who are with child and to promote maternal health especially in countries without any social security and where high child mortality already threaten to undermine the necessary care and assistance provided by younger persons to elderly parents and grandparents.”
"In the words of the Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon, 'All who are genuinely committed to the advancement of women know that society can and must offer a woman or girl who is pregnant, frightened, and alone, a better alternative than the destruction of her own unborn child'."
Mr Meney says there are sound reasons to continue to focus our foreign aid dollars on improved sanitation and on medical and maternal support services and to avoid funding abortions. "Studies of maternal deaths in Finland in 1997 found aborting women were 252 percent more likely to die than those who chose to deliver their baby. Subsequent controlled studies published by the Elliot Institute in the US led a lead author, Dr Reardon, to comment that "abortion is clearly associated with a worsening of mental health and higher mortality rates."
Australian Government officials confirmed in Estimates Committee hearings last year that Australia had not been approached by any overseas countries to fund abortion. There appears to be an ideological drive by those associated with the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development.
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