Australian nurses and midwives could soon be allowed to supply abortion pills to their patients.
The Australian reports MS Health — a not-for-profit subsidiary of MSI Australia, the leading provider of abortion services — will apply to the Therapeutic Goods Administration to update who has the right to administer terminations.
Currently, only 10% of doctors have that right.
Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) National Director of Politics Wendy Francis says: “Calling for midwives to facilitate the death of babies in the womb is a gross insult to the high calling of their profession which is to provide expert health care for women during pregnancy, labour, birth and after the birth. There’s nothing progressive about midwives distributing abortion pills.”
The Albanese government has indicated it will support proposals to boost access to the pills.
ACL Deputy Director Dan Flynn told Vision Radio that’s no surprise.
“What we’re seeing with Anthony Albanese is a little bit like Joe Biden in the US. Anything that promotes or supports abortion, he’s on board with it. And it’s a kind of sad reflection that killing babies is seen as a kind of progress and killing older people is also seen as progress.”
Greens Senator Larissa Waters has called for Australian safety standards on the restrictions regarding the use of the RU486 abortion pill to be lifted from 9 weeks to 12 weeks.
Wendy Francis says that’s against medical best practice advice.
“To call for gestational limits to be raised to 12 weeks is to ignore the well-documented serious side-effects for approximately 8% of young women who take it. Women in rural and remote areas are particularly placed at risk without adequate levels of medical supervision and back-up care and these risks increase the later in pregnancy that RU486 is used,” she added.