Abortion laws.
Abortion laws.

Qld abortion laws moved in Federal Parliament

A HIGHLY-decisive and party-splitting motion on Queensland's abortion laws are being moved in Federal Parliament.

Queensland Senator Barry O'Sullivan is moving the motion that will force Federal Labor MPs to show their hand on the polarising issue. Some in Labor are pro-choice while others aligned to the Catholics are against the matter.

Senator O'Sullivan's motion condemns the removal of abortion from the criminal code.

"The Queensland Labor Government's proposed abortion laws will permit life termination at 22 weeks, which is common age for expecting parents to be sharing images of ultrasounds due to the human form of the baby and is a time in human development where babies have already formed lips and eyebrows and whose infused eyelids can discern the difference between light and dark,'' the motion says.

Abortion will be removed from Queensland's Criminal Code so women can procure a termination on request until 22 weeks gestation, under new laws to be introduced in State Parliament next month.

But they will need the ­support of their doctor, in ­consultation with another medical professional, if they are more than 22 weeks - unless it's an emergency.

Doctors will be able to conscientiously object as long as they refer their patient to another medical professional who is not a conscientious objector.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday confirmed plans to bring draft laws to ­decriminalise abortion to State Parliament next month, with plans to have them passed in the October sittings.



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