Under current Western Australian law, the coroner is required to investigate instances of babies being born alive after an abortion. For 28 West Australian newborns, their cases have not received coronial investigation, with some cases neglected for 55 months.
This year the Western Australian parliament passed radical new legislation permitting abortion-up-to-birth. This now removes the requirement for coroners to report the deaths of newborn children who survive abortions.
As the most senior member of the West Australian judiciary, we are writing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Western Australia, Peter Quinlan, to urgently require coronial investigations into the 28 newborns left to die whose cases have been buried through inaction by the Coroner. It is a dereliction of duty and the Coroner must be held accountable before it’s too late.
Now is the time to stand up for our youngest Australians and make your views known to Chief Justice Peter Quinlan. We must hold the WA Coroner accountable for her failure to investigate. Justice delayed, is justice denied.
This is our last chance before the laws change.