Debate is continuing in State Parliament on laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland.
The laws will also establish safe zones around abortion clinics.
A conscience vote is likely to be held on Thursday.
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Here’s how Gold Coast MPs plan to vote:
ROS BATES, MP for MUDGEERABA (LNP) – NO
“There are several details contained within the bill that have compounded my doubt and prevent me from offering my full support, specifically, the provision which will allow on demand terminations up to 22 weeks.”
“The 22-week limit for a termination with no required reason is far too late a time.”
“Whilst as a nurse I do not offer my support in this vote, I wish for it to be noted that I am not voting against the decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy; I am voting against a poorly thought-out bill. For me this legislation is a bridge too far, and I cannot in good conscience support this bill.”
JANN STUCKEY, MP for CURRUMBIN (LNP) – UNDECIDED
“Like many honourable members and Queenslanders, I believe that medical and surgical terminations performed by medical professionals should be decriminalised.”
“I have listened intently to both sides of this issue. I have lost sleep and agonised over my final decision. I have taken on board the survey of over 600 Currumbin residents that revealed that 72 per cent of people supported the move to make abortion access legal and almost 68 per cent of those supported terminations up to 22 weeks.”
“I shall listen to the remainder of this debate as I give further thoughtful consideration to this bill before I exercise my very privileged conscience vote.”
SAM O’CONNOR, MP for BONNEY (LNP) – NO
“I support decriminalisation. I believe that a significant majority of members in this House share that opinion.”
“My main concerns are about some other aspects of the bill. In my opinion, and in that of many of my constituents, to allow terminations on request up until 22 weeks gestation is too high a threshold.”
“We need reform, but in considering my conscience and my community I do not believe this is the right reform. I am in favour of some of the proposed amendments and I will use my vote to try to achieve a better outcome.”
MICHAEL HART, MP for BURLEIGH (LNP) – UNDECIDED but likely NO
“I think we should take abortion out of the Criminal Code. It should not be part of the Criminal Code. I totally agree that it should be up to a woman to decide what happens with her body and her health. However, on-demand terminations at 22 weeks is way too late. I would like to see that figure lowered.
I will be watching the rest of this debate with interest. I will be watching to see the results of the debate on the amendments that are moved. At that time I will make my final decision as to which way I will vote. I can tell the House that I am inclined not to support the bill, because of the reasons that I have outlined.
MEGHAN SCANLON, MP for GAVEN (ALP) – YES
“I am proudly pro-choice and firmly believe that a woman should be able to make a decision about her own health, in consultation with her medical practitioner, without that being a crime.”
“We now have the opportunity to play a part in creating historic reform in Queensland. Reproductive autonomy is fundamental towards achieving equality. It is time that we get this done for the generations of women who have been fighting for the right to choose, for the women who have died as a result of illegal abortions, for the women who need safe access to abortion now and for the future generations of women.”
RAY STEVENS, MP for MERMAID BEACH (LNP) – NO
“As the member for Mermaid Beach, I believe that there is great support for the decriminalisation of abortion by most members.”
“What we have seen here is a clever manipulation of the media in relation to what this bill is really all about in terms of changing some of the very important parts. I refer to the gestational limit of 22 weeks. On my maths—I am pretty ordinary at it—that is about 5½ months. That is a very late time, even for someone as illiterate in these matters as I am, to be condoning terminations of pregnancy for social reasons.”
“I will be opposing this bill based on my conscience.”