Terms of Reference

Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013

Terms of Reference

In undertaking the inquiry, the Committee should consider:

1. The unacceptability to Australians of the use of Medicare funding for the purpose of gender selection abortions;
2. The prevalence of gender selection - with preference for a male child - amongst some ethnic groups present in Australia and the recourse to Medicare funded abortions to terminate female children;
3. The use of Medicare funded gender-selection abortions for the purpose of 'family-balancing';
4. Support for campaigns by United Nations agencies to end the discriminatory practice of gender-selection through implementing disincentives for gender-selection abortions';
5. Concern from medical associations in first world countries about the practice of gender-selection abortion, viz. Canada, USA, UK.

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