Victorian Parliament is in crisis, as divisive Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has declared he would support a no-confidence motion against Liberal Premier Denis Napthine. The balance-of-power MP has tried to goad Napthine and other MPs into debating abortion rights, calling those who refused to be drawn on the issue “moral cowards” (Napthine said he would not try to limit a woman’s right to choose). He also pronounced Victoria’s abortion laws, which allow terminations up to 24 weeks, to be the “worst in the world”.
The formerly Liberal (now independent) MP is preparing a private member’s bill to eliminate the requirement that doctors who object to abortion must refer the patient to another doctor, as well as outlawing gender-selective and late-term abortions. He has also recently travelled overseas to learn how American conservatives are limiting abortion rights. It is unknown at this point if Shaw’s bill will make it to state Parliament, particularly with a possible early election looming.