Perhaps the last abortion rights rally will occur this Sunday, 4 October 2018 in Brisbane. Such rallies have gone on in this state for over 40 years. State government is on the verge of decriminalising of abortion. We publish this Canberra Times article to give some idea of the state of play in Queensland Parliament prior to the upcoming vote.
March for Qld women’s abortion rights
Sunday October 14
Public · Hosted by Women’s Abortion Rights Campaign Brisbane
Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Queen’s Park, bounded by George, Elizabeth and William Sts Brisbane CBD
LNP to allow its MPs a conscience vote on Queensland abortion reform
Abortion reform in Queensland is closer to becoming a reality after the LNP party room decided to allow its MPs to exercise a conscience vote.
The Palaszczuk government’s bill would allow terminations on request up to 22 weeks, create safe access zones of 150 metres around clinics, and require doctors who conscientiously object to refer patients to another medical professional.
LNP leader Deb Frecklington will personally voting against abortion reform.
After a two-hour meeting, LNP leader Deb Frecklington released a statement announcing the party room had unanimously resolved that its members would be granted a conscience vote on the bill.
“It has been a longstanding position of the LNP party room that matters about the creation or ending of life are treated as matters of conscience,” she said.
However, Ms Frecklington said she had carefully considered the bill and she would personally not be supporting it.
9 October 2018