Media Release

Recent independent polling of a representative group of 400 people has shown that Queenslanders are far more conflicted on the issue of abortion than vocal abortion activists are claiming, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.

The randomised telephone opinion polling by Galaxy Research was carried out the weekend after the recent Cairns abortion trial and was commissioned by the Australian Family Association with support from the ACL.

“Despite activist organisation GetUp! reportedly claiming that decriminalising abortion has 90% public support, this new poll shows that 74% of Queensland voters are opposed to abortion past the first trimester,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said. “Another important finding is that almost everybody (94%) believes that a woman should receive free independent counseling to enable a fully informed decision. Three quarters of respondents (77%) believed that abortion can harm the mental and physical health of a woman.

“The poll also found that 29% of respondents did not support abortion at any stage of a pregnancy, and that nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said they did not support abortion for non-medical reasons. This is particularly noteworthy considering that the vast majority of abortions carried out in Australia today are not for medical reasons, but for purely for financial or social reasons.

“There is clearly no consensus that abortion laws should be changed except to introduce better safeguards for women such as independent counseling, cooling-off periods and parental consent for girls under 16,” Mr Wallace said.

Mr Wallace urged Queensland MPs to resist the blatant attempts of abortion activists to use the tragic Cairns case for their real agenda which is open slather abortion on demand, including late-term abortion up to birth. He reminded the Premier and the Opposition Leader that they had both given pre-election commitments that there would be no changes to abortion laws.

“The public is well aware that Labor Party members normally wouldn’t bring forward a private member’s bill without the support of the Premier and that she has made strong commitments not to support abortion law changes,” he said.

“These new poll results further highlight why the Queensland Parliament should not be giving in to activist demands to decriminalise abortion and install Victorian-style open slather abortion in Queensland, where babies up until 24 weeks can be aborted for any reason, and then afterwards with the consent of two abortionists. This is something the poll shows the public does not support.

“Perhaps not surprisingly, the poll also reveals that MPs who voted in favour of decriminalising abortion would face an average swing of 12% against them at election time (26% swing against versus 14% swing towards).

A report on the polling ‘What Queenslanders Really Think About Abortion’ can be found by clicking here or going to the AFA website at www.family.org.au.

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