Queensland Labor need to clarify whether pro-life MPs and members are still welcome after two anti-life motions were passed at the Party’s weekend state conference in Townsville.
“The conference agreed to form “Labor for Choice” to argue for the decriminalisation of abortion and to advocate for euthanasia,” Australian Christian Lobby Queensland director Wendy Francis said.
“But the question remains - will there be a choice for Labor MPs who are pro-life?
The Australian Labor Party’s federal abortion platform, dating back to 1984 states: “Conference resolves that the matter of abortion can be freely debated at any state or federal forum of the Australian Labor Party, but any decision reached is not binding on any member of the Party”.
“There are MPs within Queensland Labor with a strongly held pro-life position on abortion – are they still welcome in Qld Labor?
“Will MPs be forced to vote against their conscience on any abortion and euthanasia legislation that is brought forth by Labor?
“What about the grassroots Labor members – will prolife members be welcome? Or will they need to find another party to support?
The abortion motion read: ‘Labor will actively pursue the decriminalisation of termination of pregnancy in Queensland and will amend the law so that all legal distinctions between termination of pregnancy and other medical procedures are abolished by repealing sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Criminal Code 1899 within the next term of government.’
“By supporting the abortion motion, Queensland Labor has ignored the tens of thousands of Queenslanders who over the past year have voiced opposition to decriminalising abortion in the state,” Ms Francis said.