“We didn’t want her death to have been in vain.” – Brodie Donegan, Zoe’s mother
Recognising the humanity of unborn children is a step closer with the New South Wales Government set to sign off on a version of “Zoe’s Law”.
Named after unborn baby Zoe Donegan, who was killed in her mother’s womb when a drugged driver crashed into their car on Christmas Day 2009, the law aims to criminalise those who kill an unborn baby, unless it is during abortion.
Channel 7 last night reported that the Berejiklian Government was considering a watered-down version of the Reverend Honourable Fred Nile’s bill.
According to Channel 7, the proposal that went to Cabinet made “killing a foetus an aggravating factor” but not a separate crime.
Zoe’s mother, Brodie, said:
“I think it’s good that they have recognised something needs to be done. It’s just that we wish it went a little bit further.”
Rev Nile told Channel 7:
“The new bill is a watered-down version; it will still do some good but it doesn’t go far enough.”
Zoe’s law is a challenge to Liberals and Nationals who in 2019 voted for abortion-to-birth legislation.
A bill now before them which recognises the humanity of the unborn child is evidence of their cognitive dissonance.
In a win for unborn children, language in the bill was reportedly changed from referring to “the destruction of a foetus of a pregnant woman” to “the loss of an unborn child”.
Human rights progress is being made, slowly.
It is understood the Government will introduce its watered-down version of Zoe’s Law in coming months.
The Greens refuse to recognise that unborn children have human rights.
“This is the New South Wales Liberal National Government kowtowing to the anti-choice, anti-women forces,” said Jenny Leong, a Greens MP.
The last word should go to Zoe’s mother Brodie: “We didn’t want her death to have been in vain”.
Lyle Shelton is Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Christian Democratic Party. The Reverend Honourable Fred Nile MLC has nominated Lyle to succeed him in the NSW Parliament when he retires in November. To keep in touch with Lyle and the CDP, sign up here.