The move to subsidise abortion drugs RU486 and GyMiso is anti-children, anti-women, and anti-family, says Bishop Julian Porteous, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, reports The Catholic Weekly.
“These drugs are not medicines as they are not used for the treatment of disease or illness: they are used to kill babies and have also caused deaths among women,” he said.
The Federal Government will consider subsidising these drugs allowing women to end pregnancies for as little as $12, reported The Daily Telegraph.
The drugs were given approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to be imported into Australia last year.
Reproductive health group Marie Stopes International Australia has lodged an application with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme advisory committee in the hope the drugs will become taxpayer-funded.
Only 187 authorised medical clinics have been approved to distribute the two drugs, and campaigners claim the current $300 cost has been prohibitive for many women on lower incomes seeking a non-surgical abortion.
Bishop Porteous says Marie Stopes International Australia, which has been at the forefront of promoting abortion, comes out of the eugenics movement of the 1920s – a social philosophy that has “inflicted human rights violations upon millions of people, including violations of the right to life”.
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