Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Abbott's sneaky agenda

A proposed Medicare item for pre-abortion counseling which is the brainchild of Federal Health Minister Mr. Tony Abbott is causing concern for some in the medical profession.
Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Dr Adrienne Freeman, who performs abortions, warned such an item would be an invasion of patient privacy because it would alert the HIC to the reason for the patient's visit to a doctor.
Counseling was already catered for in the current system and an additional item would be an incentive to dissuade patients from having an abortion. Dr. Freeman believes,
“It's another form of harassment.”
FPA Health medical director Dr Christine Read agrees that a pre-abortion counseling item would give GPs more time to discuss options with patients, but says it should not be made compulsory.
“Compulsory pre-abortion counseling is not something you would indicate was necessary, because it is coercive to some degree."
Katrina George from a lesser Women's Forum Australia site glosses over the sneaky agenda of the Health Minister. Katrina ignores the privacy issue this proposal raises for already vulnerable women and asks us to believe in the goodwill of a Health minister who states
“I don't think anyone, whether they're pro-choice or pro-life, is happy about the vast numbers of abortions that currently take place in Australia, and I think as a society it ought to be possible to do better.”
Better according to Tony and Katrina is not more abortions. Better is clearly less abortions. Less abortions would mean more women continuing with a pregnancy.
Continuing a pregnancy in the context of pre-abortion counseling would necessarily involve a pro-life agenda at the expense of a woman's right to choice.


Image from here
cross-posted at womens forum australia

5 Comments:

Blogger weezil said...

Suki, I thought the exact numbers of abortions performed in Australia are not actually known due to the Medicare number classification for the procedure being shared with other gynaecological services. If that's so, what 'vast' number is Abbott talking about and how is he justifying it?

BTW, the entire concept of 'too many' abortions is just plain silly. There are no more nor no fewer abortions performed than are needed, unless an unusual number of non-pregnant women are hogging up all the clinics. I suppose it's possible that some women just enjoy getting naked from the waist down, putting their feet in the stirrups and letting some relatively unknown person poke things inside them, but I don't think it's terribly likely...

10:13 pm  
Blogger Armagnac Esq. said...

Hey Suki, pop over to me new digs. I've reinserted the politics!

As for this Q- well, it sounds reasonable at face. But following the same reasoning, if the purpose was only to ensure the woman was appraised of all the facts and had thought through the consequences, why not introduce mandatory counselling for women considering giving birth?

Have they really weighed up their finances, the commitment of their partner, and other options such as abortion, adoption, or the possibility their child will look like Tony Abbott??

12:16 pm  
Blogger Nic White said...

"Better according to Tony and Katrina is not more abortions. Better is clearly less abortions. Less abortions would mean more women continuing with a pregnancy."

Actually I'd argue that it could, and should ino, mean that should be less abortions needed because there were less unintended pragnancies - which would be better, wouldn't it?

4:48 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Nic,
Pregnant is the point at which pre-abortion counseling is expected to be given - the unintended pregnancy has already occurred.

However, further to your desire for less unintended pregnancies I propose parallel counseling in "Responsible Penis Operation."

5:46 pm  
Blogger bastet=^..^= said...

the answer is with us but won't be given across the board to a certified standard. less unintended pregnancies and thus less need for any woman to consider an abortion.

sex education in schools. it works!

7:00 pm  

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