Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Dr Adrienne Freeman, who performs abortions, warned such an item would be an invasion of patient privacy because it would alert the HIC to the reason for the patient’s visit to a doctor.
Counseling was already catered for in the current system and an additional item would be an incentive to dissuade patients from having an abortion. Dr. Freeman believes,
“It’s another form of harassment.”
FPA Health medical director Dr Christine Read agrees that a pre-abortion counseling item would give GPs more time to discuss options with patients, but says it should not be made compulsory.
“Compulsory pre-abortion counseling is not something you would indicate was necessary, because it is coercive to some degree."
Katrina George from a lesser Women’s Forum Australia site glosses over the sneaky agenda of the Health Minister. Katrina ignores the privacy issue this proposal raises for already vulnerable women and asks us to believe in the goodwill of a Health minister who states
“I don’t think anyone, whether they’re pro-choice or pro-life, is happy about the vast numbers of abortions that currently take place in Australia, and I think as a society it ought to be possible to do better.”
Better according to Tony and Katrina is not more abortions. Better is clearly less abortions. Less abortions would mean more women continuing with a pregnancy.
Continuing a pregnancy in the context of pre-abortion counseling would necessarily involve a pro-life agenda at the expense of a woman’s right to choice.