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Pro-life groups FamilyVoice Australia and the Coalition for the Defence of Human Life have endorsed a call by the Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Nick Goiran, for an inquiry into the death of 27 unborn babies who survived abortion in recent years.

He presented a parliamentary petition to the Upper House of State Parliament on 1 November, signed by more than 7,000 people and sponsored jointly by the pro-life groups.

“A Parliamentary inquiry is urgently needed,” said FamilyVoice WA Director and Coalition spokesman Darryl Budge.

“The Department of Health totally failed to report those deaths to the Coroner, and the Ombudsman apparently has no jurisdiction in the matter,” he said. “No one contacted the Department of Child Protection.”

“Parliament must enact urgently needed reforms and a tightening of government policy to protect unborn babies that survive abortion.”

The inquiry should also investigate disability discrimination, Mr Budge said.

“Many babies are aborted simply because they are diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida.”