|Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:31|
The South Australian government is currently debating a bill that would allow access to IVF for lesbian couples and single women.
The Bill was passed by the Legislative Council¬†by 12 votes to 9 on Monday night, May 1, 2012. ¬†
The private member's bill, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment (Equality of Access) Amendment Bill 2012,¬†was¬†initially proposed by openly homosexual MP Ian Hunter in September 2011 and was put into the Legislative Council on¬†February 15, 2012.¬†(See timeline of Bill)
In December 2011 the Premier Jay Weatherill said he would support the Bill. However, the Advertiserin Adelaide notes that "Attorney-General John Rau and Health Minister John Hill have previously declared they would not legislate to allow access to reproductive treatment for same-sex couples or to allow adoption." Read article in yesterday's Adelaide¬†Advertiser.
The Bill talks about "equality of access" and doesn't specify lesbians or single women. It just mentions a "particular woman" being "unlikely to become pregnant other than by assisted reproductive treatment".
A similar Bill was defeated in 2009 by 11 votes to 10 (Source).¬†That Bill ALSO¬†specified lesbians and single women.
But the homosexuals don't give up - they keep trying and sometimes change their strategies!
Ian Hunter is an activist for homosexual causes. Another factor being¬†suggested for the¬†change in vote is the fact that South Australian Senator Penny Wong, and her lesbian partner, used IVF to have a baby recently. With IVF for lesbians being illegal in SA the assumption is that they had to travel interstate for IVF treatment. (Source - here and here)¬†
If you live in SA, please contact your Member in the House of Assembly and ask them to vote against this Bill.¬†¬†