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Girls under 16 will get abortions without parents knowing if Western Australia law change passes

Girls in Western Australia will be able to get an abortion without their parents knowing if a Bill before the state’s Parliament becomes law. 

New law to allow abortions without parental notification

The current law in Western Australia requires an under-16 year old who is still living at home or is dependent on a parent or guardian to inform said person if they are considering an abortion. The parent or guardian must also take part in the conversation between the under-16 and the doctor. However, the final decision still remains with the child.

Now though, the state’s Parliament is considering a Bill that will make extreme changes to abortion legislation including removing these requirements from the law. 

Parental consent still needed for ear piercing

In Western Australia, a child under 16 needs the written consent of a parent or guardian in order to have his or her ears pierced. Similarly, tattoos are illegal for under 16s and require written consent from a parent or guardian if the minor is aged between 16 and 18. Additionally, the age of consent in the Australian state is 16. 

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “It is baffling that parental consent is needed for a child to pierce their ears but, if this Bill passes, a child will be able to get an abortion without their parents even knowing”. 

“In the case of having their ears pierced, a child is doing something minor to their own body. In the case of an abortion, a person under 16 is doing something major to their own body and would be deciding to end the life of another person. The proposed law implies that it is of greater significance for a child to have their ears pierced than to have an abortion”. 

“This is evidently untrue. Legal requirements should reflect the gravity of a decision and the choice to end the life of an unborn child is certainly a very grave one”. 

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.