Pro-life parliamentarians in Labor and the Coalition know they are not supposed to raise the issue of abortion.
Few do, such is the pressure to stay silent.
Activism on behalf of unborn babies is frowned upon and seen as a distraction from issues like “the economy”.
But whenever threats, real or perceived, emerge to abortion, pro-abortion parliamentarians swing into action.
Even though last month’s decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn mandatory abortion laws has no bearing on Australia, federal and state women’s ministers have put “safeguarding abortion” their top priority for a meeting in Adelaide this week.
It matters not that most Australian states allow abortion-to-birth, the women’s ministers have been spooked by the overturning of Roe v Wade.
Australia has some of the most extreme abortion laws in the world.
Abortion on demand is legal with most states requiring two doctors, who don’t even have to see the mother, to tick and flick a late abortion.
But this largely unrestricted regime is not enough for pro-abortion politicians.
They want abortion further streamlined and even more accessible.
The Albanese Government’s Katy Gallagher and Amanda Rishworth will host a discussion about implementing a framework to ensure abortion-to-birth is available consistently across the nation.
Despite recently legislating for abortion-to-birth, the NSW minister for women, Nationals Upper House member Bronnie Taylor, is keen for more to be done.
“Anything that makes it easier for women to access high quality health care is always the ultimate goal, and if that means a standardised approach, then I am open to having that conversation,” Taylor said without a hint of concern for the health of the baby.
Women’s ministers interviewed by the Australian said they wanted no winding back of abortion laws in Australia.
Victorian Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins said “we won’t wind back progress”.
This means there’s little prospect of restrictions on sex-selection abortions, where couples want baby girls aborted for cultural reasons, or anti-coercion measures to stop men pressuring women to kill their unborn babies.
A Melbourne doctor, Mark Hobart, was professionally sanctioned under Victoria’s law for trying to save the life of an unborn baby girl whose parents wanted a boy.
Polling shows most Australians do not support late term abortions or sex-selection abortion.
Pro-abortion politicians refuse to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child, hence their reluctance to provide anything other than open-slather abortion.
Any winding back is an admission of humanity.
Family First is committed to the human rights of the unborn and to ensuring women with unsupported pregnancies are offered genuine choice.
Lyle Shelton is National Director of Family First. Never miss an update, sign up here.