Women Deserve Better than Abortion: Oppose the Abortion Law Reform (Women’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill

Draconian abortion legislation will not protect women and the unborn child

 

Women Deserve Better than Abortion: Oppose the Abortion Law Reform (Women’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill

Women Deserve Better than Abortion: Oppose the Abortion Law Reform (Women’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill

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At the end of May, Independent MP, Mr Rob Pyne tabled the Abortion Law Reform (Women’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill in Queensland State Parliament. The bill calls for abortion to be removed from the State's criminal code. It further seeks the removal of existing safeguards for women and the unborn child, such as requirements for medical consultation and guidance. Instead, the bill proposes abortion on demand without any reference to gestational timeframes or safeguards to ensure woman have provided fully informed consent.

There already has been robust opposition voiced to this proposed legislation, and clearly, there is no consensus to change the law. Please sign this latest petition to further call on Queensland politicians to oppose what can only be described as draconian legislation, out of step with recent developments in other jurisdictions.  

Across the State, public hearings are being held to discuss the legislation and the parliamentary inquiry into the law is expected to report by the 26th August making recommendations relating to:

  • existing practices in Queensland concerning termination of pregnancy by medical practitioners;
  • existing legal principles that govern termination practices in Queensland;
  • the need to modernise and clarify the law (without altering current clinical practice), to reflect current community attitudes and expectations;
  • legislative and regulatory arrangements in other Australian jurisdictions including regulating terminations based on gestational periods; and
  • provision of counselling and support services for women.

 At the present time, a woman in Queensland can access an abortion up to 12 weeks, without a doctor’s referral. After the 12-week gestational period is reached, abortion is also currently legal when a woman has a referral from a doctor indicating that there would be a significant danger to that woman's mental or physical health, without the abortion.

It is disingenuous therefore for abortion advocates and Mr Pyne to suggest, as they have, that women in Queensland cannot currently access abortion in the State.

Staggering figures recently provided by Queensland’s Health Minister Hon. Cameron Dick show there were 27 babies born alive and left to die, following abortions in Queensland hospitals in 2015. These figures also demonstrate that the number of babies born alive and left to die has steadily increased over the last 10 years. Just how much will this figure grow further if abortion legislation is expanded?

The proposed bill to widen the grounds for abortion in Queensland is a backwards step. It flies in the face of international global trends where for example, reductions in abortion time limits have been introduced, particularly around the time of viability when the unborn child is capable of surviving outside the womb. Other laws, such as the ‘foetal pain abortion law’ have been passed in a number of US States, that highlight that the unborn child can feel pain in utero and therefore requires doctors to provide anaesthesia to women having abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later.

A recent opinion poll conducted by independent market research firm Galaxy found that 85% of Queenslanders are opposed to abortion after 20 weeks, with only 6% in favour. That is, 6% in favour of Mr Payne’s proposed legislation.

What Queenslanders do want is for better safeguards introduced to protect women and their unborn child. 94%, of those polled, believe that a woman should receive free independent counselling and information so she can make a fully informed decision. 87% of Queensland voters also want a cooling-off period of several days between making an appointment for the abortion and the actual procedure. Further, 75% want parental consent requirements for girls under 16 years.

We call upon all State politicians to reject any moves to expand abortion legislation. Instead, we want to see Australia and Queensland become be a world leader in maternal care. Investing in compassionate care, including providing practical supports such as housing and financial supports and crisis intervention services to support vulnerable women, are real alternatives to abortion. No woman should ever feel that abortion is the only alternative.  Women deserve better than abortion. 


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Oppose moves to expand abortion legislation in Queensland

To the Hon Members of the Parliament of Queensland: 

We know in Australia, abortion affects one in three women. Sometimes abortion is put forward, even taken for granted, as a 'quick-fix solution' to the most difficult of situations. We cannot, however, deny that this decision ends the life of the unborn child. At a time when many States around the world are turning back legislation on abortion, we cannot fail to protect women and the unborn child who deserve our special protection and care. 

We call upon all State politicians to reject any moves to expand abortion legislation. Instead, we want to see Australia and Queensland become be a world leader in maternal care. Investing in compassionate care, including providing practical supports and services to support vulnerable women in crisis, is a better solution to abortion. No woman should ever feel that abortion is the only alternative.  Women deserve better than abortion. 

[Your Name]

Oppose moves to expand abortion legislation in Queensland

To the Hon Members of the Parliament of Queensland: 

We know in Australia, abortion affects one in three women. Sometimes abortion is put forward, even taken for granted, as a 'quick-fix solution' to the most difficult of situations. We cannot, however, deny that this decision ends the life of the unborn child. At a time when many States around the world are turning back legislation on abortion, we cannot fail to protect women and the unborn child who deserve our special protection and care. 

We call upon all State politicians to reject any moves to expand abortion legislation. Instead, we want to see Australia and Queensland become be a world leader in maternal care. Investing in compassionate care, including providing practical supports and services to support vulnerable women in crisis, is a better solution to abortion. No woman should ever feel that abortion is the only alternative.  Women deserve better than abortion. 

[Your Name]