The question of reforming abortion law in Queensland will resurface next year and more than 100 candidates have already revealed their support for change.
Abortion is the only medical procedure to feature in the Queensland Criminal Code. It has been there since 1899, but has been amended over the decades.
Women’s campaigning group Fair Agenda has surveyed Queensland candidates, with 103 signing up to its “pro-choice pledge” so far, committing to “vote to remove abortion from the Criminal Code and support laws to ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated”.
Of those who took the pledge, there were 19 Labor candidates or MPs, one LNP, 81 Greens, one Socialist Alliance and one independent – Mr Pyne.