There have been a few developments since I wrote my previous post about the uncertainty surroundnig Queensland’s abortion laws. A ‘technical’ amendment to the law was rushed through State Parliament giving the same protection for surgeons for medical abortions as currently exists for surgical abortions. Both major parties managed to avoid having the amendment considered a conscience vote, using the rather curious argument that “the amendment did not amount to a change in the state’s abortion laws.” The relevant medical specialists clearly say this is not enough to resolve the uncertainty. Meanwhile, the Court commital hearing for the Cairns couple charged with abortion offences under the Qld Criminal Code has got underway.
I did an interview with Qld Labor Senator Claire Moore on my regular weekly shift on radio 4ZZZ this week, which included her perspective on the politics of abortion issue. You can listen to that interview at this page, or you can download the podcast by clicking on this link (mp3 – 3.2 mb)