In Defense of the Defenseless

Posted by cultureshift

A plea to win the hearts of those who choose to dehumanize our development and undermine our right to live.


  1. This is the law in the Netherlands.
    Pleas do some research, instead of implying that the Netherlands Abortion Law has no specific specific binding rules in which to perform an abortion.
    It has and these rules are binding and if not met by dealt as breaking the law!

    Late term abortion:
    The Dutch Termination of Pregnancy Act allows abortions to be carried out up to the 24th week of pregnancy. This is the point at which the foetus becomes viable outside the mother’s womb.
    Late-term abortions – after the 24th week – are excluded from the Termination of Pregnancy Act and fall under the criminal law.
    Doctors have a duty to notify them to the review committee.

    Late-term abortions may be performed only in exceptional circumstances. The following due care criteria apply:
    The unborn child must have a disorder so serious that medical experts believe that medical treatment following the birth will be futile.
    There must be no doubt about the diagnosis and prognosis;
    The unborn child must be suffering, or must be likely to suffer following its birth, with no prospect of improvement;
    The mother must make an explicit request for the pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the physical or mental suffering the situation is causing her;
    The physician must have given the parents a full explanation of the diagnosis and prognosis.
    This means that both the physician and the parents must be convinced that there is no reasonable alternative solution given the child’s situation;
    At least one other, independent physician must have examined the child and given a written opinion on compliance with the due care criteria listed above;
    The pregnancy must be terminated with all due care.

    Physician notification procedure
    Following a late-term abortion or termination of the life of a newborn infant, the physician has an immediate duty to observe the following procedure
    He must notify the municipal pathologist, who will then contact the Public Prosecution Office.

    If it sees no particular reason for delay, the Public Prosecution Service will issue consent for the funeral.
    Thereafter, the pathologist will send the details of the case to the Central Committee of Experts on late-term abortion and termination of infants.

    The pathologist assesses whether the physician has acted with due care. The Committee reports its findings to the Public Prosecution Service. Finally, the Public Prosecution Service decides whether any action should be taken against the physician concerned.

    The Netherlands
    Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
    Ministry of Security and Justice


    1. Does The Netherlands keep records? I would be very interested to know how many late-term abortions are carried out under these regulations. They sound remarkably similar to the regulations in South Australia for any abortion – the result here being that around 96-97% of abortions are carried out for reasons of mental health, and every GP I have spoken to knows that approval for an abortion is a rubber stamp process.


      1. Unless all the criteria must apply? In which case it is different.


  2. Add Australia to the list, to our shame.


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