A Liberal Upper House MP has admitted he is ‘praying’ for an abortion ban in Australia in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's attempts to outlaw abortion.
Bernie Finn wrote on Facebook that he's ‘excited’ over the news coming out of the US.
He posted an image with a caption that stated ‘civilized societies don’t kill their young’.
He captioned his Facebook post: “So excited the US is on the verge of a major breakthrough to civilisation. Praying it will come here soon.
“Killing babies is criminal.”
One woman commented that while she didn’t support abortion, they felt there should be an option for sexual assault victims.
Finn replied: “Babies should not be killed for the crime of his or her parent.”
The response led to an influx of comments from abortion supporters who called out Finn’s apparent lack of doing anything practical to help the women who would be forced to have their unwanted child.
One commenter said: “Time to live in the real world, and talk to mothers that have had to make that terrible decision and the reasons why.
“Perhaps you should be pushing for the pill and the morning-after pill to be available over the counter?
“Do something constructive rather than try and force backyard abortions and have teen girls' lives on your hands.”
Victoria’s Minister for Women, Gabrielle Williams, called the comments ‘deplorable’ and urged the Victorian Liberal leader, Matthew Guy to take action.
In a statement to Guardian Australia, she said: “These are deplorable comments, that show an appalling lack of respect for women and completely disregard the trauma experienced by victims of sexual assault – instead prioritising the decisions of perpetrators over the needs of women victims of crime.
“We support all women to make choices that are right for them – women have the right to access reproductive services safely, legally and with dignity.”
However, when Mr Guy spoke to reporters on Thursday (May 5), he deflected questions about Finn’s comments.
He said: “I am not interested in commenting on social policy in the United States.
“You can talk to Bernie about his points of view, but the Liberal party in Victoria focuses on matters in Victoria, not social policy in the United States. That is not on my radar in the slightest.”
Finn in the past has expressed his support for Donald Trump and the rioters who stormed the US Capitol building on January 6 2021.Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Bernie Finn MP. Richard Milnes / Alamy.