Opponents of the bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales will try to delay its passing in the upper house, as they concede they have little hope of stopping it becoming law. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
The bill will be debated in the upper house today, with as many as 17 MLCs from all sides of politics expected to oppose it, leaving 24 who will support it.
But the debate is likely to be long and drawn out, with at least 20 amendments expected to be moved.
The report into the week-long parliamentary inquiry will also be tabled today. It is understood it won’t make any recommendations because the issue is a conscience vote.
Finance Minister Damien Tudehope, an upper house MLC, said he was “strongly of the view that this bill in its current form is not in step with the views of the community”.
Mr Tudehope yesterday said he would move an amendment “ensuring abortions based on gender selection have no place in NSW.”
While on a trade mission to Europe last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged her upper house colleagues to consider amending the bill to ban gender selection, in what was seen as a move to placate angry right-wing MPs.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Robert Borsak also said he would move a motion to establish a joint parliamentary committee to inquire into the bill, to be chaired by independent MP Joe McGirr.
Mr Borsak conceded he was unlikely to have enough support for his motion to succeed but he was backed by as many as 20 parliamentarians from both houses who opposed the process.
“The message is pretty simple: this whole process has been completely rushed without any time for consultation,” Mr Borsak said.
One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham will also move a motion to “ensure that no medico is made to do anything they regard as morally wrong.”
Protesters from pro-life and pro-abortion groups will rally outside Parliament while the bill is debated.
Opponents of abortion bill in last-ditch push for it to be delayed ( Sydney Morning Herald)