THE 20 WEEK Movement is a new initiative set up to support the Infant Viability Bill, recently introduced into the Victorian Parliament by Rachel Carling-Jenkins MP.
The Infant Viability Bill legitimately seeks to reduce the harm caused by the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (which legalised abortion up until birth) by seeking to: strengthen provisions of care for pregnant women in distress and place limitations on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
As such, the initiative has the support of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Under the Bill:
1. Abortions would no longer be allowed from the 20th week of pregnancy, with the exception of a medical emergency.
2. Infant viability will be promoted and supported (all infants born alive from the 20th week of pregnancy onwards, including as the result of a medical emergency, must be cared for with the intent to save the infant’s life if at all possible).
3. Mothers who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, who present in distress to their local doctor must be offered practical support, for example a referral to a pregnancy support service offering holistic care (such as counselling, social and practical support).
4. Penalties will be introduced for physicians who breach the new laws and for medical facilities in which the laws are breached. Mothers will not be criminalised or face any penalties... [Read More]