Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath. Kevin Farmer

Abortion to remain illegal in Queensland

ABORTION will remain illegal in Queensland until after the next election at the earliest.

Independent MP Rob Pyne announced on Tuesday he would be withdrawing his two bills that aimed to remove abortion from the criminal code.

But Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the government would ask the Queensland Law Reform Commission to examine how to best "modernise” the state's abortion laws.

"I will be asking the Queensland Law Reform Commission to clarify the existing practice, to look at options to remove the termination of pregnancies by medical practitioners from the criminal code, to look at a new framework,” she said.

"The Palaszczuk Government will commit to introducing a bill to reflect the views of the Queensland Law Reform Commission in the next term of government.

"The parliamentary committee report has shown there are flaws in the current two bills before the parliament and that we know that there is reform needed in this space. But we want to make sure that we get laws that are workable and that is why we have embarked on this process.”

The LNP announced on Monday night they would not be supporting Mr Pyne's bills, effectively dooming them to fail.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said LNP MPs voted against supporting the bill at a party room meeting.

"This issue is very emotional for all of us and we discussed it at length,” he said.

"What I can say is that after this discussion every single member of the LNP party room indicated that, in good conscience, they cannot support these bills on Wednesday.”

Mr Pyne said he was disappointed his bills were not getting support but commended the government's action.

"I would just like to thank the government for showing leadership in this area. It's been a long time coming, it is very disappointing that the LNP could not participate more fully in this debate,” he said.

"I think the comment from Tim Nicholls that women in Queensland who want an abortion just have to go to their GP show just how out of touch he is on this issue.”

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