Friday, October 10, 2008

Victoria abortion reform update

Victoria's Abortion Law Reform Bill, which would decriminalise abortion and allow abortion on demand up to 24 weeks (and allow it later where doctors think it is appropriate), has passed its second reading in the Legislative Council, 23-17. Next, they have a committee stage, during which the fundies will propose a number of wrecking amendments (particularly around the 24-week limit and the "effective referral" clause). It will be interesting to see whether that majority is retained on all the amendments and the final bill, but things are looking good.