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Abortion: the issue most Queensland politicians won’t touch

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (21.3.16) on the apparent lack of political will to tackle abortion law reform in Queensland.

‘Just eight of Queensland’s Labor Government MPs were willing to come out in support of decriminalising abortion.

‘Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters began a campaign last year to find where the 55th Parliament sat on the inclusion of abortion within the criminal code in Queensland, following reports women were travelling interstate to access the procedure.

‘From the 89 letters she sent out more than once, eight returned a response in favour of removing the procedure from the criminal code, where it has sat since the 1800s.  Another four were against it, while six were unclear. The rest did not respond.

‘In a speech to federal parliament, Ms Waters said it was beyond time for change.’

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