Life Network Australia - Sunday, June 26, 2011
It would seem that the 'cart is before the horse' when it comes to abortion legislation and that some of our medical "experts" in Australia are just a little too passionate about late term abortion than the public are aware or likely to approve of.
One in particular, Dr Lachlan De Crespigny, has quite the abortion portfolio! Featured in media reports about late term abortion, his claims, research and practice have gone relatively unchallenged and have not been given the scrutiny required.
Dr. De Crespigny is perhaps best known for his involvement in the abortion of a 32 week old baby girl, Jessica Jane, that had suspected dwarfism. Endeavour Forums Babette Francis wroteabout how this late term (and illegal) abortion influenced the 2008 decriminalisation of abortion in Victoria.
To say that this case caused outrage from the community would be an understatement. Andrew Bolt's coverage of this story in the article 'We kill Babies' has resulted in a surge within the pro life movement (including the beginning of LNA!). Incredibly, some media outlets now sympathise with Dr De Crespigny for the scrutiny he faced over the abortion of Jessica Jane (who "did not appear to be so small afterall")!
Many attribute the change of legislation in Victoria to the 'Jessica Jane' case - which became about the protection of doctors like Dr. De Crespigny, who perform late term abortions. It did not appear at all to be about the health and welfare of women and their babies (which was evident in the amendments designed to offer women and babies at least some protection - that were all outrightly rejected by the Brumby government).
Dr De Crespigny's reach is not limitted to Australia. An article by Michael Cook, (Oct, 2009, republished June, 2011) stated that in Britian, "studies have shown that about 92% of women who are told that their child will have Down...