Abortion Reform bills withdrawn

Queensland Law Reform Commission to examine termination of pregnancy laws

The Palaszczuk Government will refer the current laws in relation to the termination of pregnancy to the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) for its advice.

Independent Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has advised the Government he will withdraw two pieces of legislation – Abortion Law Reform (Woman’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill and Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill – that he had introduced to State Parliament.  The legislation was due to be debated this week.

The QLRC recommendations will be the basis for legislation the Government will introduce to Parliament for debate.

The QLRC is an independent statutory body that makes recommendations on areas of law in need of reform, and submits reports to the Attorney-General which are required to be tabled in Parliament.

In the next term of Government, Labor will bring forward a Bill to Parliament to modernise Queensland’s abortion laws.