Pimps, partners, parents and politicians will be able to help the special women in their lives get an abortion, no questions asked, under proposed new Queensland laws.
The Queensland Law Reform Commission has spectacularly failed unborn Queenslanders, and pregnant girls and women in recommending abortion-on-demand to 22 weeks.
Women can access abortion beyond 22 weeks to term with the approval of two doctors who can take into account a woman’s current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances.
The recommendations, which the Palaszczuk Government accepts in their entirety, bans any form of peaceful presence within 150m of an abortion facility and forces doctors who are opposed to abortion to refer women to others with no such objection.
The report makes no provision for mandatory counselling, cooling-off periods, the requirement for women to view an ultrasound of the baby or be made aware of the child’s stage of development (an unborn baby has a heartbeat at 22 days from conception).
This is the third bill seeking to legalise abortion in Queensland. It follows two failed bills proposed by Independent MP Rob Pyne which resulted in 55,000-signature petitions, 2,700 submissions to Parliament, 80 per cent of which were against the proposed changes, a rally for life attracting 4000 marchers, and concerted email, letter and social media campaigns.
The new laws protect abortion providers and those seeking abortions, from the scared teenager who wants to avoid telling her parents, to the partner, parent or pimp who wants a woman to end a problem pregnancy.
In an age of rampant domestic violence and sexual abuse, the new laws favour the perpetrators and fail the victims.
Up to 70 per cent of women are pressured into abortion by their partners according to various studies including Tony Moore’s 2009 Sydney Morning Herald story quoting a senior counsellor from Brisbane’s Pregnancy Counselling Link.
High profile victims of abortion coercion include the partners of two rugby league players, Tim Simona and Bryce Cartwright, the latter paying his then girlfriend $50,000 to terminate his son, a procedure carried out at 16 weeks in Queensland.
The recommendations also ignore the testimonies of Queensland women who have suffered physically and psychologically as a result of abortions.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would allow MPs a conscience vote on the legislation, while Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has conditionally agreed to allow her MPs a conscience vote but first wanted to view the bill.
The commission report says there are an estimated 10-14,000 annual abortions in Queensland.
The legislation is expected to be debated next month.
Labor made abortion an election issue last year, promising to decriminalise the procedure following the QLD Law Reform Commission report.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has led the push to decriminalise abortion, claiming current laws leave doctors at risk of prosecution for performing abortions, despite there being no convictions related to abortion in the past decade.
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