An shows some cultures living in Australia are killing unborn baby girls, a practice the NSW Lower House refused to ban last week in passing abhorrent new abortion laws.
The shocking report quoting doctors and mothers uses Australian Bureau of Statistics figures to confirm a lopsided ratio of boys to girls born to Chinese and Indian parents living in Australia.
The SBS investigation coincides with a UN report suggesting Asian countries are missing up to 117 million women as a result of sex-selective abortions. Worst offending nations are China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Albania and Montenegro.
Last week the NSW Legislative Assembly voted 59-31 to pass the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. The bill allows abortion on-demand to 22 weeks and thereafter with the support of two doctors who can take into account a woman’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.
A proposed amendment to ban sex-selection abortion was defeated, however the house agreed to do a review after 12 months.
In a surprise move, Upper House MPs from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party they won’t support the bill without specific amendments banning sex-selective abortions.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who voted for the bill, said overnight she would “encourage” Upper House MPs to strengthen the proposed law to ban gender-related abortions.
A baby’s sex can be determined from around 12 weeks, but is much more accurate by the 20-week ultrasound.
Debate on the abortion bill is expected to begin next week in the Legislative Council.
Story updated August 15.