Media Release: Tuesday, 3 October, 2006

The Australian Christian Lobby is concerned about the lack of public discussion about unnecessary changes to abortion law in the Northern Territory.

The proposal to transfer ‘lawful exception’ of medical termination of pregnancy from the Criminal Code to the Medical Services Act challenges the status of the life of the unborn child and raises ethical concerns.

“A large majority of the Australian public believe there are too many abortions in Australia. The Australian Christian Lobby recognises the need for women to have access to safe, legal abortions given a valid medical reason, such as when the mother’s life is at risk. However, since this Bill deals with abortion all MLAs and the Northern Territory public should be given the chance to air their views on the abortion issue in general,” said Mrs Lois Fong, NT Chief of Staff of the Australian Christian Lobby.

“We call on the Chief Minister to allow time for further public discussion on this matter and to give individual Labor MLAs the chance to express their consciences on the abortion issue.”

Contact: Lois Fong