Labor abortion policy

State and territory Labor branches are slowly moving towards a binding vote for elected members on the issue of abortion, setting up for a fight with the more conservative members of the party.

It is expected that both the New South Wales and ACT branches of Labor will debate motions on the contentious issue of removing the conscience vote for elected members on abortion at their conferences this weekend. As it stands now, abortion and marriage equality (until 2019) are two of the few issues where Labor members are allowed a conscience vote, but given the vote on marriage equality will be binding after this term of Parliament, there are now moves to remove the other conscience vote for abortion. There are two motions put up by ACT Labor for Choice tomorrow: