The withdrawal of two abortion bills, just a day prior to being voted on in the Queensland Parliament, was an important win for women and the community who rejected efforts to remove important safeguards for women and the unborn, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
"These bills contained no restrictions on the dismemberment of unborn babies, no requirement to administer pain relief while late term babies are being killed, no gestational limits and no restrictions on screening for girls or disabled babies to be aborted,” ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said.
Ms Wendy Francis said it was clear the bills, championed by Cairns Independent MP Rob Pyne, were doomed once the LNP decided overnight to honour their election pledge not to tamper with current abortion laws.
“The withdrawal of the abortion bills by Mr Pyne is an admission that these bills, which had been rejected by 55,000 people signing petitions, rejected by two parliamentary inquiries and were about to be rejected by parliament, were unacceptable to Queenslanders,” Ms Francis said.
“It was pleasing to see that the LNP could not support removing current legal safeguards in abortion law, as proposed by Mr Pyne’s abortion-to-birth bills.
“These were dangerous and morally untenable bills.”
However, Ms Francis said it was disappointing that the Labor Party now appeared to be intent on taking over ownership of abortion from Mr Pyne despite Labor’s pre-election commitment not change abortion laws.
“Queenslanders will be rightly confused as to why Labor Deputy Premier Jackie Trad appeared so intent to sponsor bills that originated from outside of her party,” she said.
“Whose bill is this? Is this now a Labor led process?
"This really is archaic law and it should not be entertained by the Labor Party.
“Ms Trad will need to explain to Queenslanders why the bills, which have been subject to vigorous legal scrutiny, would now be referred to the QLD Law Reform Commission.
“It would appear that this decision to refer the bills to the Law Reform Commission is an attempt to keep alive what has been found by the community and two parliamentary inquiries to be bad legislation.
“Queenslanders are understandably alarmed at the fanaticism from Mr Pyne and Ms Trad who seem intent on disregarding current legal advice because it does not suit their personal agendas,” Ms Francis said.
“The move to refer the bills to the Law Reform Commission will only underscore growing concern in the community about laws allowing abortion on demand right up until birth.
“Sadly, proponents of abortion have to put forward such radical legislation because they can’t say where the line should be drawn when it comes to ending the life of unborn babies.
“What we have witnessed over the past few months is a groundswell of opposition to these bills, which would have brought to Queensland the worst abortion laws in the country and some of the worst in the developed world,” Ms Francis said.
More than 55,000 people signed two petitions against the bills while over 3,000 marched in Brisbane against the bills in early February.
Of the 2,700 submissions to the parliamentary inquiry into the legislation, more than 80 per cent were opposed.
“The LNP, the Katter Party, One Nation MP Steve Dickson, Labor MP Rick Williams and several other ALP members are to be congratulated for taking a stand against these flawed bills,” Ms Francis said.
“If Labor plans to campaign at the next election in support of abortion, they will encounter strong resistance from the growing pro-life movement in Queensland.
“There is no need for the Labor Party to support this bill.”
The ACL is calling on Queenslanders to thank all MPs who took a stand against these bills which would have sanctioned the killing of the unborn.