Today my thoughts are with those women who have told me, ‘Michelle O’Byrne has not listened to us or my children.’ Today they have a sense of betrayal and an overwhelming sadness. I have spoken up for those women, and also for the rights of unborn children.
The passage of Michelle O’Byrne’s Bill through the House of Assembly marks a new low in Tasmanian politics.
It is not unreasonable for abortion to be decriminalised. However, Ms. O’Byrne also proposed things that were unnecessary and extreme.
The removal of any sense of humanity of the unborn child is unnecessary. The inclusion of social and economic reasons for abortion up until birth is unnecessary. Requiring civil liberties to be restricted or conscience ignored is unnecessary.
Michelle O’Byrne failed to adequately consult on an issue that speaks to the very heart of our human identity, and sought to rush this through. The Minister has needlessly generated division in Tasmania.
I call on the Legislative Council to reconsider this legislation.