South Australia’s lower house has passed controversial laws that would decriminalise abortion in the state and allow late-term abortion in certain circumstances. Source: The Advertiser.
The Termination of Pregnancy Bill passed 29 votes to 15 just after 2am on Friday. The vote followed a full week of parliamentary debate, with several amendments lodged by an array of MPs.
The bill will be sent back to the upper house, where it must get the final tick of approval before the laws come into effect.
Once passed, the bill would remove abortion from the criminal code, turning it into a health issue. It would also allow for abortions after 22 weeks and six days’ gestation, if two medical practitioners both agree it is “medically appropriate”.
However, late amendments filed by Attorney-General Vickie Chapman provided specific provisions for late-term abortions.
Under the current form of the bill that passed the lower house, two medical practitioners must both agree that the procedure is necessary to save the life of the pregnant person or another foetus, or if there is a significant risk of injury to “physical or mental health”.
Another amendment also put an explicit ban on abortions for gender selection purposes.
Termination of Pregnancy Bill passes lower house in ‘historic day’ for SA women (By Gabriel Polychronis and Elizabeth Henson, The Advertiser)