For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 Dec 2013.
A bill that upholds the humanity and defends the rights of the unborn passed the NSW Lower House on November 21, with a vote of 63 to 26. If the bill passes the Upper House early in 2014, which it is expected to do, the new law will ensure that a person who causes the death of an unborn baby in a car crash, an incident of domestic violence, or similar action, will be brought to justice.
The bill specifically excludes medical procedures, but has prompted significant opposition from legal and medical professionals, apparently on the grounds that it might later be used to justify further defence of the rights of the unborn against those who would deliberately do them harm.
The NSW Council of Churches believes the Zoe Bill represents progress in human rights, and urges all members of the NSW Legislative Council to recognise the humanity of the unborn and pass the bill.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.