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In Australia, Federal Senator John Madigan says Australia needs to send a signal against female foeticide.
He’s co-signed new legislation before parliament that bans termination on grounds of the unborn baby's sex under Medicare.
“Whether it’s one abortion based on the gender of the child or one hundred, it is not acceptable. (...) If we don’t do anything, we are complicit”.
The issue of female foeticide came to the attention of Senator John Madigan after the documentary "It’s a girl".
The film is about the practice of sex-selective abortions in India and China.
In 2013, a Melbourne-based GP told Senator Madigan he had a patient who wanted to procure an abortion based on the gender of the child.
The legislation is his way to send a message that Australia does not support sex selective abortion.
Senate information and details here.
In 2013, he introduced a private member’s bill -the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) to the Senate which is designed to stop Medicare funding of certain types of abortion.
The bill is still before the Parliament.