Former Labor MP Rob Pyne has introduced a private member’s bill which will legalise abortion in Queensland. Rob Pyne opined that abortion should not be considered as a crime.
Abortion is illegal in Queensland since 1899, but in 1986 a new provision was made and it was allowed when there was a risk to the mother’s life or health. MP Rob Pyne has emphasised that it should not be considered as a crime in 2016.
Pyne stated, “The world is changing very quickly and unfortunately our politicians aren’t,”
Addressing around 200 people at a rally outside parliament, Pyne said that the final version of the legislation was yet to come. According to him, presently the legislation does not state the exact time at which abortion should be carried out. Pyne said that he would compromise with MP’s on the timing factor.
The former Labor MP said, “What I’m saying is a majority of MPs can surely see the current laws are not acceptable, and hopefully we can at some compromise that will be acceptable at second reading stage.”
He noted, “it’s not 1899, abortion should not be a crime. The world is changing very quickly and unfortunately, our politicians aren’t.”
He said that he had not suggested anything regarding the timing of abortion as his main concern was that the Parliament should come together and pass a law reform on abortion. Consequently, the legislation needs something which majority of the MPs support, reported ABC.
Opposition leader Tim Nicholls said that Liberal National Party(LNP) would decide its stand on the legislation after the party views it.
Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad is one of the 10 Labor MPs at the rally and she told that the party is divided regarding the issue. She affirmed that Labor party will go for conscience vote.
Noteworthy, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and Northern territory have limitations on the time of pregnancy termination, reported Sunshine Coast Daily.
The abortion laws in Queensland came under public scrutiny after a pregnant 12-year-old girl was forced to go to the Supreme Court to get permission for an abortion. Justice Duncan McMeekin gave an approval for the young girl’s abortion. But at the same time, he questioned the archaic law.