Queensland abortion laws passed: List of MPs shows it was mostly men who voted to keep abortion illegal

Queensland abortion laws passed: List of MPs shows it was mostly men who voted to keep abortion illegal
THIS list of male and female MPs shows who voted to block an amazing, historic law in Queensland overnight should outrage every Australian woman.

Rebecca Sullivan
October 18, 2018

IT TOOK just 50 people to change forever the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian women, when Queensland MPs voted to scrap laws making abortion illegal on Wednesday night.

Queensland women will now be able to choose to have an abortion without risking criminal prosecution.

Continued: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/queensland-abortion-laws-passed-list-of-mps-shows-it-was-mostly-men-who-voted-to-keep-abortion-illegal/news-story/b5460470e064ec4168995c9026243afe

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Queensland parliament votes to legalise abortion

Queensland parliament votes to legalise abortion
Abortion will become legal until 22 weeks gestation, and thereafter with the approval of two doctors

Ben Smee
Wed 17 Oct 2018

Abortion will become legal in Queensland, after the state’s parliament voted to support new legislation and erase a 119-year-old “morality” section of the state’s criminal code.

Loud cheers in the legislative assembly chamber at 7.42pm on Wednesday brought to an end a 50-year struggle by women’s groups in a state once notorious for its conservatism.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/17/queensland-parliament-votes-to-legalise-abortion

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Palaszczuk Government delivers historic abortion laws

Palaszczuk Government delivers historic abortion laws

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Abortion will be legal in Queensland for the first time in 119 years after the Parliament passed the Palaszczuk Government’s historic laws tonight.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 will ensure women can access services and health professionals can provide these services without fear or stigma.

Continued: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/10/17/palaszczuk-government-delivers-historic-abortion-laws

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Threats of reprisals against Queensland MPs who voted to legalise abortio

Threats of reprisals against Queensland MPs who voted to legalise abortion

By Allyson Horn
Oct 17, 2018

Pro-life groups have threatened MPs who voted to remove abortion from Queensland's criminal code, vowing to remove them from office.

MPs were given a conscience vote in Parliament and voted 50 to 41 to reform the 19th century laws.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-18/threats-of-reprisals-against-mps-who-voted-to-legalise-abortion/10390220

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Queensland abortion vote set to split along party lines

Queensland abortion vote set to split along party lines
No Labor MPs have spoken against the legislation but the LNP is digging in for amendments before Thursday’s division

Ben Smee
Tue 16 Oct 2018

The Queensland parliament has agreed to hold a conscience vote to decriminalise abortion; but after a day of debate, support for the legislation remains split firmly along party lines.

On Tuesday, the parliament heard emotional personal stories. Nikki Boyd, the Labor member for Pine Rivers, said she went through a miscarriage in 2016 when a committee was considering abortion law reform. She is now pregnant again.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/16/queensland-abortion-vote-set-to-split-along-party-lines

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Queensland abortion bill debate brings politicians to tears

Queensland abortion bill debate brings politicians to tears
by Allyson Horn

Oct 16, 2018

Politicians have broken down in tears and recounted their personal experiences with pregnancy and termination while debating laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland.

A vote on the proposal is expected late today.

If the bill passes, it will allow abortions up until 22 weeks' gestation, and post 22 weeks with the approval of two medical practitioners.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/queensland-abortion-debate-politicians-in-tears/10386110

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Australia – Abortion laws that once led to police raids and arrests may be scrapped

Abortion laws that once led to police raids and arrests may be scrapped

By Allyson Horn
Oct 15, 2018

Thirty-three years ago Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen ordered police raids on Queensland's abortion clinics because terminating a pregnancy was illegal.

Those laws have not changed for more than 100 years, but this week MPs will be asked to make abortion legal.

In 1985 police burst through the doors of the Greenslopes Fertility Control Clinic — one of Queensland's only abortion facilities.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-16/abortion-laws-may-be-scrapped-in-queensland/10373646

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‘You were shamed, punished’: Queensland changes its mind on abortion

'You were shamed, punished': Queensland changes its mind on abortion
Next week the state will likely decriminalise pregnancy termination. It’s been a long time coming

by Ben Smee
Sat 13 Oct 2018

“They make me feel like a criminal,” says Brisbane woman Zena Mason. “I’ve been called a murderer for what I did. I have had the most vulgar comments. People seem to think I woke up one day and decided to have an abortion at 20 weeks.”

Next week, Queensland is expected to repeal the 119-year-old section of the state’s criminal code that makes abortion illegal. For more than 40 years, debate about termination of pregnancy in the state has been often emotional and vicious. Women like Mason wrestle with a grim choice, then find out they’re breaking the law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/14/you-were-shamed-punished-queensland-changes-its-mind-on-abortion

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N. Ireland – Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Rebecca Black
October 11 2018

Most Britons and a large majority of people in Northern Ireland want abortion to be decriminalised in the North, two new opinion polls have shown.

A total of 65 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland agreed that terminating a pregnancy should not be a crime, while 78 per cent of Britons were in favour of decriminalisation.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/majority-want-abortion-decriminalised-in-north-z22tth8dv

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Victoria legalised abortion 10 years ago – what will it take in NSW and Queensland?

Victoria legalised abortion 10 years ago – what will it take in NSW and Queensland?
A decade on, Victoria still doesn’t have enough publicly provided, accessible abortion services

Kathleen Maltzahn
Tue 9 Oct 2018

It took more than 40 years of feminist activism, three days and nights of parliamentary debate and hours-long speeches by religious right MPs railing against decriminalisation for abortion in Victoria to be taken out of the crimes act. Ten years on, this is still a powerful victory. Victoria is one of only three Australian jurisdictions where abortion is legal, despite strong community support. Given recent failures to decriminalise in Queensland and New South Wales, Victoria’s success is a reminder that change is possible.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2018/oct/09/victoria-legalised-abortion-10-years-ago-what-will-it-take-in-nsw-and-queensland

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