Queensland MPs to vote on changes to abortion laws

CHANGES to abortion laws in Queensland will be considered in parliament today.

A private member’s bill to legalise abortion in the Sunshine State will be tabled by independent MP Rob Pyne.

Labor MPs are being allowed a conscience vote, while the LNP has confirmed it will consider the bill, but has not made its stance clear.


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As the bill stands, women up to nine months pregnant could abort their foetus. But Mr Pyne, who resigned from the ALP in March, has revealed he would be open to amendments on that matter.

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Josephine
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This is absolutely disgusting!!! how about u make it easier for people to adopt that way if people don’t want their babies they can adopt them out to people that actually want to be parents and can’t have children… Our government is a bloody joke, this makes me sick!!!!

Antoinette
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I agree, they have moral issues on same sex marriages but this seems OK…., spending time on passing a bill like this, voting on it, this could never ever be ok there is only one short answer to this NO!!

roxanne
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A 9mounth fetos is nearly full term it would be born breathing and able to survive without help from machines . There is no way this is true. Because if it was it would be murder

Chaos
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Abortion of foetuses at this age? Are always because of health issues incompatible with life. Banning it means that these women have to carry a dying child- one which will die soon after, if not before birth. That is what late term abortion is for. Want to know what is heartbreaking to see? Parents rushing about to arrange an abortion on a wanted baby before current cut off dates. It doesn’t matter what your morals say- if there is no compatibility with life- a woman should be able to terminate as they want to-‘for their own mental health and wellbeing.… Read more »
Tracie
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It is discusting but on adoption side of things it can take up to 8 years to be able to adopt in Australia . Thats something they would be better off changing.

Jamie
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I totally agree with this! Woman have a chance to abort before the baby is a actual baby with a heat beat.. i dont agree with that either, i think if your willing to have sex then deal with your choice! There is plenty og protection these days there is no excuse.

Guro
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The heartbeat of a baby starts on day 22 after fertilisation (meaning about one week after she has missed her period)

Angry australian
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A fetuse has a heart beat by 7 weeks abortions are disgusting y would u put ur body through all this stress and pain then kill it thats makeing ppl be murderas its disgusting im appaled at the government us are an embarisment a fetus at 12 weeks does a silent screem while wiggeling away from the forcepts that pull its limbs off do some reasearch can the public have a say in this???

Susan
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So true my god why wait until 9months its murder @yes adopt out theres alot of women that cannot have children i think everyone should get together @ have a protest im there

Michael Weston
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So the baby is found to have developed abnormally and the brain is outside of its skull. But no abortion for you , no you get to go through the pain and danger of a birth but hey look on the bright side you get to have a party, well a funeral.

Pearl Miller
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2/3 of the US abortion clinics closed in the last eight years as the awareness of the life of the child since conception has grown. The planned parenthood sale of baby body parts that went to air last year has so disgusted the populace…Abortion is a big buck business, there will be mongrels encouraging kids to get pregnant to bring in customers…its on the way out in the US…thank God! Murder is murder! It is no longer YOUR body to do with what YOU want.

Naomi
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IDIOTS! This must be stopped!

Megan
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This is absolutely disgraceful and disgusting. For you to think that this is ok on any level! The baby is not a foetus at 9 months! Not even at any stage throughout the pregnancy. He/she is a living being! This is so wrong! No no no! I am saying no to passing this through. It is killing. This beautiful child is developed and ready to be apart of the world. I’m really hoping that this doesn’t even get a second glance, and they concentrate on more important things best for Queensland. Or anywhere for that matter.

Amber
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This is fake….it can not possibly be considered!! If by chance it is real….im moving out of Australia. Totally appalling and immoral!!

Guro
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Sadly it is not fake. They were talking about it on the news.

Renae
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I think making women have a choice is a wonderful idea, however being said I’m sure that 9month termination would only be considered if there was serious risk to the mother or the baby. I’m sure the government would be smart enough to put some guidelines down so that not everyone can just willy nilly through the doors and say hey I’m 9 months pregnant and now I’m not wanting this kid. And if the government doesn’t put any guidelines down for it then maybe we should really re-consider who is leading this country. I think it is excellent that… Read more »
Taylor
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Even if there were serious complications there is always the opinion to have an emergency c-section anywhere from 6 months? So why allow abortion up to 9 is beyond me and is absolutely disgusting

Michelle
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Right?! And who gives the baby a choice? A suction tube that tears him or her limb from limb?! Bloody fantastic idea! ?

Guro
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“if there were serious risks to the mother or the baby” – what is more serious risk than the baby being aborted? That is an absolute death sentence…”I’m 100% pro-choice” – so you would have been fine with your mother aborting you?

Alana
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I think its a joke to abort a baby at 9 months shouldnt be aloud and if peoplr dont want children then the simple decesion is not have sex or get your tubes tied

Disgusted
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I am pro choice but not for an abortion that late in pregnancy. Why would any sane person think it was acceptable to kill an almost full term baby who would no doubt survive outside the uterus? Are the Government hoping to get some close to full term for the scientific/medical community?

Michael Weston
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Because in Ireland a woman was recently forced to have a brain dead baby brought to term , that’s a moral good apparently.

L
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The Animal Welfare Act defines an animal as including unborn inutero to after half way through gestation. So an unborn animal is an animal and has same rights as a born animal. But it’s ok to slaughter/murder unborn humans because the law does not call them
Humans. We have TOTALLY lost our moral compass.

Jemima
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When I seen this post I started to get really angry and hot because how could some one do that to there almost born child you can’t make a decision at 9 months of pregnancy and say oh I changed my mind I want to abort my child it’s living the baby’s heat is beating murders and predators might aswell not go to jail cause killing a baby at 9 months of pregnancy is murder

Paige
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You are absolutely disgusting if you think this is ok!!!
They are a dam human being!!!!
You should NOT be able to abort past the stage its already out thats absolutely wrong. Grow up parliament!

Lynda
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At 9 months u are virtually full term. If u want to abort drs should have u sign legal paperwork put u in labour then have the baby given to a couple who would love the child . This is the most ridicoulous thing i have seen in a while. Our govt has no brains im sure of it for even considering something like this when theyre are more important issues out there.

Em
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I agree, I have friends who have fostered in hope of adoption. …. sadly they still don’t have the baby they have always wanted ? There are many couples wanting that one thing many take for granted x

Hayley
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You cannot be serious!
Anyone considering this should be ashamed of themselves.
Make it easier for singles or couples to adopt.
Do not give people the option of murdering a fully developed child ?

jemma
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absolutely disgusted this better not go through

Chea Yee Diahann
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It’s better to give the baby up and let someone adopt than to abort a baby. Who is this idiot of a minister who thinks aborting a baby at nine months is safe for mother and child? At seven to eight months, baby is even able to be born and survive without life support. What an idiotic law.

Riannen
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Ha ridiculous selfish money hungry government going to allow a nine month pregnant women to abort her child so yous don’t have to pay her to keep it… Whoever wanted this law your an absolute twat

claudia
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this is crazy why hell let them do this.. i think government doesnt care less money give to person for there child and kill more babies so they don’t have any more people cause its becoming to crowed for them.. that crazy men just give it away if u dont want it better for and kid

Jamie
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MURDER thats what this stands for! Legalised murder!!! Seriously this is disgusting! Australians should be standing up against this and not passing it!

Steve Wearne
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This is blatant Murder , have a look at a new born baby at 9 months Jesus weeps for his children there are many a child in Jesus arms lived and cherished . Sorry Lord

Jenni Burt
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As far as I am concerned, aborting a foetus at 9 months if it is for any reason other than a medical issue, is nothing short of murder.

Susan Das
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This is quite incredible. Hopefully there will be a huge outcry against late term abortion.
Is this a ploy to create an outrage against late term termination that results in a collective sigh and belief it’s OK to terminate at an earlier stage but with a viable baby?
Who is driving this move?
Time to write individual letters and emails to your Federal & Local members.
Perhaps Get Up will pick it up or is it too PC for such a ‘progressive’ lobby group to touch.
Typically anybody Pro Life is regarded as not quite PC or considering the Rights of the Parents.

Renee Mare
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This is murder, nothing else.

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