Queenslanders have until February 13 to reply to a Law Reform inquiry into liberalising abortion law.
The inquiry follows the withdrawal last year of a Private Member’s Bill seeking to make abortion legal on-demand. The Rob Pyne bill was withdrawn for lack of support, causing the Palaszczuk Government to send the issue to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for review. More than 55,000 Queenslanders signed petitions against the proposed bill, and sent thousands of submissions.
One of the many criticisms of the bill was the lack of gestational limits, or provision for independent counselling. Queenslanders were shocked to learn that 27 babies were delivered alive during late-term abortions in Queensland before dying of prematurity.
An estimated 12,000 abortions are already legally performed each year in Queensland. Abortion is legal when the procedure is performed by a qualified practitioner, and is for the “patient’s benefit”, or because the “mother’s life is at risk”.
Pro-abortion groups rallied their forces before last year’s State election, encouraging candidates to sign a pledge to allow abortion on-demand and ban peaceful protests and prayer vigils near abortion clinics.
Will you make a stand for life?
We need Queenslanders to act. Please make a submission to the inquiry today. Submissions do not need to be long, but must address at least one of the 20 questions listed in the consultation paper. The Terms of Reference and consultation questions for the inquiry can be found here.
The deadline for submissions is 13 February, 2018. The committee is due to table its report by June 30, 2018.
Submissions must be sent to:
Queensland Law Reform Commission,
PO Box 13312,
George Street Post Shop
Thank you for your action!