Queensland Abortion Bill - Tuesday

I've emailed my local State MP this morning. Contrary to popular belief, I don't email MPs often! However, this time I've heard that Rob Pyne, MP is going to introduce a bill on Tuesday this week (May 10th) to legalise abortion in Queensland.

Of course, it has to be stopped.

There are many misconceptions about abortion in Queensland, firstly being that abortion is illegal. It's not. Before 12 weeks gestation, any Queensland woman may obtain a chemical abortion via the RU-486 pill. Furthermore, after 12 weeks a woman has to obtain the approval of two GPs to access an abortion.

So, clearly abortion is legal in Queensland already.

Secondly, the common belief that abortion should be 'safe, legal and rare'.
a) Safe - RU-486 is a 'do-it-yourself' abortion pill. It's really dangerous because not only is it very strong ingredients designed to kill a human being (!), women take the pill at home and wait for a heavy period, pass the foetus and carry on. Problem? There's no medical attention or supervision in case something goes wrong. Women deserve better than a dangerous procedure to endure at home. Abortion in an abortion clinic is no safer. There are risks associated with not only the procedure, but also risk of depression, grief, anxiety, infertility and the loss of preventative factors from pregnancy going past 32 weeks.
b) Legal - Legal doesn't mean good, moral or upstanding. Sorry. It just means our laws are warped.
c) Rare - according to Wendy Francis, ACL's State Director for Queensland, approximately 100 000 abortions were performed in Queensland last year - on par with other states. Abortions are obviously easily accessible in Queensland despite our apparently 'restrictive' laws.

It's time to put pen to paper, people......or fingers to keyboard! Before Tuesday, please consider dropping a quick email to your local state MP to let your views on abortion be known. It doesn't have to be long - just to the point and polite.

Women and babies deserve better than abortion.


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