For the second time in two years, the Queensland Parliament will debate whether to make abortion legal. The draft bill will allow abortion until the day that a baby is born – late-term abortions will be legal in Queensland as long as two doctors agree that it “in all the circumstances, the termination should be performed”. This will mean that social reasons will be enough for a legal abortion of a full-term baby.
This is uncharted territory for Queensland. We want to ensure that Queenslanders understand this new bill and have time to consider it. Last year’s attempt to make abortion legal was abandoned when enough MPs considered that a Private Member’s Bill was too poorly drafted to be brought to a vote. This year’s bill has been drafted after advice from the Queensland Law Reform Commission. Its language is different but its boundaries are similar to last year’s bill. We want to know what you think about this proposed legislation.
When you talk about abortion, you’re talking about two lives – the mother and the child. Both lives matter.
-Archbishop Mark Coleridge
If the bill is passed, the number of later-term abortions definitely will rise because of loose rules, expanded criteria and removal of any potential legal penalties on doctors.
-Teeshan Johnson, Cherish Life Queensland
This bill appears to be at least as bad, if not worse (than the 2017 bill). Galaxy Research shows Queenslanders in 2017 and still in 2018 are opposed to full-term abortion laws.
-Mark Robinson, State Member for Cleveland