Australia: ‘Completely out of step’: Abortion to remain a crime in NSW after reform bill fails

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'Completely out of step': Abortion to remain a crime in NSW after reform bill fails

The majority of the state's upper house has voted down a Greens bill that would have decriminalised abortion in NSW.

By Ben Winsor
11 May 2017

Abortion will remain a crime in NSW after members of the Legislative Council voted down a Greens bill aimed at overturning the 100-year-old law.

Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi's Abortion Law Reform Bill was defeated 25 to 14 in the state parliament's upper house.

The bill received support from eight Labor MLCs and all five Greens MLCs, as well as Animal Justice Party MLC Mark Pearson.

Public members in the gallery shouted "shame" as the result of the conscience vote was announced in the Legislative Council.

“I am disappointed that the NSW Legislative Council has voted to keep abortion a Crime in NSW,” Dr Faruqi said.

Continued at source: SBS News: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/11/completely-out-step-abortion-remain-crime-nsw-after-reform-bill-fails