Catholic Church leaders in South Australia have expressed their concern over the Termination of Pregnancy Bill introduced to the state’s Parliament this week. Source: The Southern Cross.
Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and Port Pirie Apostolic Administrator Bishop Emeritus Greg O’Kelly SJ said the removal of current safeguards would further increase the rate of abortion on demand and put vulnerable women at greater risk of economic and social coercion.
“We believe the focus of politicians should be to improve emotional, financial and systematic supports so women are wholly supported,” Archbishop O’Regan said.
“The feedback from counselling services is that many women are struggling with the decision to keep their baby because of external pressures, anxiety about how they will cope and fear of being a parent.”
The bishops said the provision for abortions to take place from 22 weeks and six days up until full term, with the approval of two medical practitioners, was deeply concerning.
“When we see babies being delivered at around 23 or 24 weeks with excellent health outcomes and at the same time expect doctors to end the life of an unborn baby from this gestation age, what message does that send to the community about the value of life?” Bishop O’Kelly asked.
“When we say that a late term pregnancy with medical complications can be ended, what message does that give to people with disabilities and their contribution to society?”
Bishops express concern over SA abortion bill (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross)