A doctor in Melbourne, Australia known as “Dr. K” is being investigated by health authorities for refusing to follow Victorian abortion laws after publicly proclaiming that it is against his morals to facilitate abortions.
“Yes, I’m breaking Victoria’s new abortion laws, but I don’t give a stuff — I am not going to soil my conscience by being complicit in the slaughter of children,” Dr. K wrote.
Daniel Matthews, co-founder of WikiLeaks, covered the 2011 exchange with the doctor on his blog, The Guardian reported. According to The Age, the blog post stemmed from a Facebook conversation in which the doctor publicly expressed his views, which Matthews kept because he found the statements so appalling.
Matthews called Dr. K an “anti-abortion martyr.”
“In my view, [doctors] should care for patients, not express views to strangers about how they and those they love deserve to die, while boasting about their routine illegal behavior,” Matthews wrote.
Dr. K wrote that when women are referred to him for abortions, which occurs once every three to four months, he “tell[s] them politely” that he will not perform abortions on principle.
“In a few instances I have attempted to talk them out of it,” he wrote.
More inflammatory still, Dr. K wrote that more men should die from abortions, and that women who die from abortion-related complications deserve that, too — as was the case with a woman who had recently died from peritonitis after a back-alley procedure.
“And that’s exactly what she deserved for trying to kill her own child,” the doctor wrote.
“I have a 3 month old baby. If someone snuck into his room with a knife and tried to kill him, but accidentally slipped over and stabbed themselves through the heart, that would be exactly what they deserve.”
A small group of Victoria doctors have been circulating a petition called Doctors Conscience that calls for the state’s abortion legislation to be amended. Section 8, passed in 2008, requires that a doctor who is opposed to abortion refer patients to another doctor who will perform one.
Rita Butera, executive director of Women’s Health Victoria, told Guardian Australia that an amendment was not needed.
“The most important thing is to protect women’s health needs and ensure they get the best, unbiased medical information they need. I’m not sure why this is happening now, from a small concerted group of doctors. It’s quite concerning.”