Police protection for unborn

In a submission to the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry, the union said the rights of an unborn child should be considered ahead of the mother, The Australian reports.

Union president Ian Leavers said the state should be able to intervene in cases where children are at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome and drug addictions.

“Those children also deserve the right to a full life and health and should not be disadvantaged simply because of the actions or inaction of their birth mother,” he said in the submission.

“The state must have the ability to intervene and protect the unborn child when its mother refuses, or is incapable or unwilling to do so.”

Mr Leavers said tougher laws would complement the criminal code, which provides for a charge of killing an unborn child or grievous bodily harm for any person who violently kills or harms an unborn child.

The submission expresses views of frontline police who