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Dear MHA Michelle O’Byrne,

I am writing to you regarding the the proposed changes to Tasmania’s abortion legislation.

My wife and I are unable to conceive. We have been married now for over 7 years and have not had so much as a false positive. I love children and yearn for the day when I can hold a little child I can call ‘my son’ or ‘my daughter’ yet in all likelihood this will never happen. My wife is chronically ill and so we have decided against adoption and other options that infertile couples often pursue. Two things have struck me through this time of waiting in vain for the birth of my child; 1. Nothing on this earth could stop me from being overjoyed from the moment of my wife telling me she’s pregnant. I would fight for that little one’s life with every ounce of my strength. No one could convince me that its life was not worth protecting simply because it was not yet born; And 2. It is not fair that the unwanted unborn child does not experience that same protection. It’s a cruel irony that those who fall pregnant but don’t want the baby are allowed to end its life and those who want a baby and would strike a man down for seeking to end its life can’t fall pregnant.

No act of parliament could prevent me from protecting the life of my unborn child and yet we are tabling legislation that enables more women to take the life of their unborn children.

This legislation will allow an abortion doctor to take the life of a post-24-week-old fetus with the agreement of another doctor where that same fetus, had it but been born, would have been given all the life-sustaining technology we currently have available. Why should location dictate a person’s right to life?

This legislation should be abandoned because it does nothing to promote life but instead entrenches a culture of death and treats human life as disposable.

Kind Regards,

Isaac Lee

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