At last the Queensland government has acknowledged, however imperfectly, the very real concerns of Queensland doctors, in particular specialist gynaecologists, about the ambiguity of the state's abortion laws.

At the time of writing, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has suspended all abortion services. The procedures performed at RBWH, and at other public hospitals throughout Queensland that have taken similar steps, are for strong medical indications, and the suspension is not in the immediate interests of some women who will need to travel interstate. However, it is essential that we have a clear legal framework in which to continue offering these very necessary services to Queensland women, services which are consistent with the practice of abortion in the 21st century.