New South Wales

May 15, 2017

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

To the extent that abortion’s technical status as a criminal offence remains, it's clearly the case that the law is running behind public opinion.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Fred Nile

It hasn't been a great year for the cause of abortion law liberalisation, with reform bills foundering in the two states where abortion remains on the books as a criminal offence.

First came Queensland, where a bill to remove it from the criminal code was put on the backburner in February after the Liberal National Party opposition resolved to vote against it, rather than allow a conscience vote as Labor was doing.

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11 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

  1. michael dwyer

    Perhaps a prosecution of parties to an abortion should be tried. It is unlikely that a jury would convict. I am sure that abortion goes on in NSW and Queensland- and i am sure that the usual picketers know where they are.

    1. Cantbeeffed

      Has been done, in other states at least. Didn’t lead to law reform. Politicians are vastly removed values-wise from most in society on ‘moral’ issues.

    2. Lesley Graham

      This doesn’t lead to law reform, the reality the right to lifers need to actually try to understand the nature of why these women are forced into having to go to this extent to manage a situation that really there needs to be better research & development around contraception. I also think that the problem we have with people like Fred Nile, they are so out of touch of the reality that these women, couples & families are making choices in often very difficult circumstances. I have noticed there have been right to lifer’s hanging around hospitals that don’t do abortions, since the exclusion zones have come into place around known clinics that perform terminations, they need to be given a limit as to where they can go, and realise that they cause a lot of stress for people that are already dealing with enough.

  2. [email protected]

    Can you point me to links on this result “Of still greater interest is a pattern over the past decade in which the observant have grown more pronounced in their identification with the Coalition rather than Labor, with the gap reaching a new peak of 52% to 25% in the 2016 survey.”
    [email protected]

    1. David Donaldson

      Observant? I do not follow. Observant of what?

  3. Draco Houston

    The Queensland case really annoys me, a cabinet full of women and they didn’t struggle to legalize abortion. They didn’t legalize abortion despite most people being fine with it being liberalized. Liberalizations that are widespread and done decades ago in other places. How spineless can you get?

    1. Lesley Graham

      I think that Queenslanders live in a similar state as middle America, they are probably more concerned with the backlash from the god botherers than actually fixing something that has needed fixing for so many years.
      This is the problem we have with politicians, many of them lose sight of what they’re actually supposed to be doing, whether it be state or federal.

  4. AR

    It is a truly appalling comment on our society that abortion should ever be sought for any reason other than medical emergency.
    I am so glad that the pro-choicers fund so lavishly top end nursing homes, free child care and other assistance for the children of reluctantly pregnant women.

    1. Lesley Graham

      AR I’m not quite sure what your smoking, but was this an attempt at sarcasm?
      You are obviously a man, because no women with any sense would express such a comment.
      I am sorry but it is always easier to be an armchair critic, who actually hasn’t had to make such a difficult decision, they aren’t made lightly, but the reality is this is the first time in history women aren’t dying in huge numbers from birth/pregnancy related interventions. So the only thing that needs to catch up is the law, & those people who feel they need to make decisions for others need to learn that the world isn’t flat anymore, and if they don’t like something well that’s their problem.

  5. Pollietragic

    In QLD, legalising abortion came up a few times when Anna Bligh was Premier.

    When she was younger, liberalising abortion was a heart and soul issue for her. When older as Premier and able to use her position on this issue, she lost her heart for taking on religious conservatives, and lost her soul.

    1. AR

      Assuming that she ever had a soul, given her current job as flack for the banks.

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