Chapman calls for calm over proposed bill

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South Australia’s Attorney-General has called for calm over the abortion debate as the battle for the conscience vote of local MPs starts to intensify. Source: Sunday Mail.

Vickie Chapman is sponsoring the Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which is due for debate in parliament next month. She said people had the right to express their opinions but asked that the debate remained respectful and fact-based.

Thousands of South Australian Catholics were yesterday warned against the state’s proposed abortion laws through a letter penned by Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and Port Pirie Apostolic Administrator Bishop Emeritus Greg O’Kelly SJ.

The bishops raise a number of concerns over the bill, including fears it will increase the rate of terminations, particularly those after 23 weeks.

“Allowing abortion up until the time of birth seems to be of very little difference to infanticide,” Bishop O’Kelly wrote in the parishioner communique.

The bill decriminalises abortion in SA, requiring the approval of two medical practitioners for termination after 22 weeks and six days gestation – a provision that already exists and is practiced today in SA.

In 2017, 2.6 per cent of the 4349 abortions performed in SA were at or after 20 weeks gestation. Almost half were for congenital anomalies, with the vast majority for severe foetal conditions detected only in the second trimester.

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Chapman calls for calm as Catholic Bishops warn Bill allows ‘infanticide’ (By Rebecca DiGirolamo, Sunday Mail)

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