Abortion legalised in Queensland after historic vote

The New Daily reports:

Queensland women have been granted the right to opt for an abortion after the Senate voted to abolish the nineteenth-century laws which made terminations illegal.

The law changes passed state parliament 50 votes to 41 on Wednesday night after a two-day long debate.

Under the changes, abortion will be removed from the criminal code and made a health issue.

Women will be allowed to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks’ gestation with the approval of two independent doctors.

The changes also establish safe zones around clinics and medical facilities offering the procedure to stop staff and patients being harassed by anti-abortion activists.



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