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Historic Victory in Australia as Pro-Lifers Stop Extreme Abortion Bill

Andrew Smith : Mar 2, 2017 : LifeSiteNews.com

Among other things, the bill would have forced doctors and nursing staff to perform deemed "emergency abortions" regardless of any conscientious objections.

(Australia)—[LifeSiteNews] Independent MP Rob Pyne withdrew his two abortion bills just a day before they faced certain defeat in the Queensland Parliament. (Photo: Pro-Life Rally/via Cherish Life Queensland)

The bills were designed to remove abortion from the criminal code, install 50-meter "protected area" zones prohibiting peaceful assembly near abortion clinics, and force doctors and nursing staff to perform deemed 'emergency abortions' regardless of any conscientious objections.

This is the first time that a bill advancing the availability of abortion has been defeated in Australia.

The withdrawal comes at the end of a 10-month battle during which both bills went through marathon committee hearings that worked through a combined 2,720 submissions of which 83 percent were against the bills. By comparison, an inquiry into the contentious subject of domestic violence with its greater media visibility only received 20 submissions.

The outcome of these all-party parliamentary committee inquiries that replaces the function of the upper house in the Queensland Parliament was damning. Neither bill was able to be recommended to the Parliament for passing with the first Pyne bill unanimously rejected.

Official parliamentary petitions against each bill collected a combined 55,604 signatures. An unprecedented crowd estimated at 4,000 people arrived in front of Parliament at the end of the annual March For Life in Brisbane, completely filling all available space.

For peak lobbying group Cherish Life Queensland, the win was a welcome result against what was widely regarded as extreme bills.
 
"The bills faced certain defeat in Parliament because they were so flawed," Cherish Life president Julie Borger said. "The announcement by the Labor government that Parliament will not consider abortion legislation again in this term of parliament is a great victory for life and decency. Mr. Pyne was used by the pro-abortion lobby, who gave him disastrous advice."

The win also reflected the results of market research performed in May 2016 when the first bill was announced.

"Only 6 percent of Queenslanders support the extreme position of abortion at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason, which these bills would have legalized," Borger said.

Cherish Life has also attacked the bills for their complete lack of safeguards such as mandatory counseling and cooling off periods...

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