Stay tuned for a special report on Queensland’s controversial legislation, which is being considered by the Supreme Court.
It is likely the court will rule that the law is unconstitutional.
Key points: Queensland’s government says it is seeking to ban abortions following a review into the lawThe government is proposing a new law which would make it illegal to perform an abortion after 24 weeksIn a statement, the Queensland Health Service said it had consulted with doctors, patients and advocates about the law.
“The advice we have received from doctors, patient advocates and health professionals is that the new legislation is not in the best interests of patients and women and will have an adverse impact on women and families,” it said.
“It is also in the interests of the public that it does not apply to women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.”
The Health Service added it was aware of some health professionals who have been told they will be required to perform abortions after 24 months.
Queenas Health Minister Peter Dutton said the government was trying to limit the number of abortions performed in Queensland, but it would not be able to.
“What we want to do is try and make sure we do our bit to minimise the number that we do, but we are not going to be able in this situation to stop the procedure,” he said.
Mr Dutton told 7.30 he was confident there would be a court challenge to the law if it came to trial.
“We are trying to find the right balance between the right to life and the right not to have an abortion.
I think there are going to have to be a lot of questions asked in that particular context,” he told the program.
He said he had not seen the evidence that the abortion law would be effective in reducing abortions.
“I do think the evidence is that if you reduce the number who are doing abortions, you reduce that population in terms of people accessing abortion services, you’re going to reduce the numbers of abortions that are happening,” he added.
Opposition Health spokesman Adam Bandt said it was “deeply concerning” the legislation would affect the lives of women who had to make difficult decisions about their pregnancies.
The government said the law would only apply to those who were not seeking abortions and would not affect women seeking abortions outside of Queensland.
Labor health spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said the laws would result in more abortions and more mothers going into labour.
“Queenslanders need to know the laws are not coming out of the back of the van to take the decision to have or not have a child,” she said.
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