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Abortion to remain in the Criminal Code in Queensland in 2017?

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (4.12.16) on the lack of movement on abortion law reform in Queensland.

‘Abortion will continue to be illegal in Queensland for now, with debate on crucial reforms set to be held in 2017. Independent member for Cairns Rob Pyne introduced two private member’s bills which would remove abortion from the Criminal Code.

‘Earlier this year, Mr Pyne said he hoped to see one or both of his bills pass before the end of 2016. “I’d certainly hope for everyone’s sake that we can resolve the matter before Christmas,” Mr Pyne said in October.

‘But on November 29, Mr Pyne moved a motion, which passed, that debate be postponed until a parliamentary committee reports on the second bill and that both bills be dealt with together.

‘The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee is still considering the second bill.’

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