Seven days earlier, and Shunmuga has no rights for Gladys

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Pathma holds her 5-month-old son Shunmuga, who was born prematurely at 23 weeks. Under the proposed NSW abortion legislation supported by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Health Minister Brad Hazzard, children like Shunmuga don’t exist just seven days earlier and can be killed by any doctor. To end Shunmuga’s life after 22 weeks would simply require the signatures of two doctors in any abortion clinic in NSW.

Watching her 5-month old son Shunmuga, Pathma Subramaniam finds it upsetting to think about the upcoming NSW Abortion Bill. She’s concerned for the children who will be affected by it’s passing.

The Bill is strongly supoprted by Premier Berejiklian and her Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Pathma’s son, Shunmuga, was born prematurely at 23 weeks, one week after the Bill’s proposed 22 week-limit for abortions. After 22 weeks and up until birth, approval by any two abortionists is all that would be required to kill him under the draft legislation.

Pathma told The Catholic Weekly her son is a happy and healthy child. She finds it hard to think that just seven days before her son was born, the draft legislation before the NSW Parliament will make it legal to kill him.

“If they really love the baby, then they won’t do that.”

“If they really love the baby, then they won’t do that. They won’t go for the abortion or something like that,” she said.

“For some people it is their mentality. I want my baby to live healthy. I’m trusting in God, for them to live healthy, in God’s Grace.”

Pathma holds her son Shunmuga, born at 23 weeks. Under the abortion legislation supported by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Shunmuga ceases to exist as a human being just seven days earlier. To end Shunmuga’s life after 22 weeks would require only the signatures of two abortionists in any abortion clinic in NSW. Critics charge the legislation supported so strongly by the Premier is not only obviously illogical but extreme. Photo: Giovanni Portelli.

The experience was life-changing for Pathma and her husband, who converted to Catholicism after their son’s birth.

Pathma said that during her pregnancy a friend from Malaysia was praying for her and her unborn child. When she was suddenly admitted to hospital months before her due date, she was urged by her friend to believe in God and that a miracle could occur.

For Pathma, the miracle happened when her child was born healthy.

Birth was life-changing

Her friend continued to pray for Shunmuga and suggested she consider the Christian faith. Pathma and her husband believed this was what they should do.

Both her children have been baptised at Saint Michael’s Parish in Hurstville, with Shunmuga living a healthy and happy normal life in a daily basis.

Critics have charged that the proposed legislation is not only hasty and extreme but contradicts itself.

Under the proposed Abortion Bill, children who could live to be as healthy and happy as Shunmuga would lose all protections and legal status, including the the right to life.

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