Queensland moves to decriminalise abortion within months
Fierce debate looms, with no guarantee legislation to allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to 22 weeks will pass
Mon 16 Jul 2018
Abortion would be removed from the Queensland criminal code under legislation that will be brought before the state parliament next month.
As revealed by Guardian Australia on Saturday, the proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.
Government MPs will be allowed a conscience vote, while the opposition Liberal National party has said it will scrutinise the detail before deciding how to proceed. The bill will be tabled in August, with a vote expected in October.