Abortion bill introduced in Queensland Parliament

Rebekah (left) and Rachel Allgrove (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Labor introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland Parliament yesterday, despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. Source: The Catholic Leader.

If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors.

Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion clinics.

The legislation contains no safeguards against sex-selective abortions and no safeguards for women considering an abortion such as independent counselling, informed consent conditions or a cooling-off period.

Introducing the Termination of Pregnancy Bill, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath called for “calm and consideration” as the matter headed towards debate in parliament.

As Ms D’Ath tabled the bill, pro-life women who oppose the laws explained why they were prepared to stand on the frontline in defence of their beliefs.

“I just think every life is precious,” Rachel Allgrove said. “It’s murderous and they (babies) deserve better.”

Ms Allgrove and her sister Rebekah travelled from the Sunshine Coast to join a pro-life demonstration outside Brisbane’s parliament building on the eve of the bill being introduced.

For both, adding their voice is important, even if it means standing in the bitter morning cold as MPs arrive for work.

“It’s an extremely important bill being discussed so we just wanted to show our support,” Ms Allgrove said.

“From a human rights perspective, I think it is pretty shocking they are trying to get full-term abortion in, and cutting down freedom of conscience for doctors.”

The latest YouGov Galaxy independent research poll, commissioned by Cherish Life Queensland and the Australian Family Association, showed that 62 per cent of Queenslanders agreed that an unborn at 23 weeks is a person with rights.

And 75 per cent agreed that abortion harms women’s health.

The poll was a representative sample of 1000 Queensland voters who answered a total of 21 questions around the issue of abortion.

In general terms, 52 per cent oppose abortion for any reason until 22 weeks, while opposition rises to 62 per cent for abortion past 22 weeks for social reasons.

About 38 per cent said the current law was “about right” and 18 per cent said the current law was not restrictive enough.

FULL STORY

‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today (The Catholic Leader

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