LABOR MPs will get a conscience vote on a controversial push to scrap Medicare funding for abortions in Australia for women who are more than 14 weeks pregnant. [link]
The ALP’s national executive committee has confirmed it will recommend that Labor MPs and senators be offered a conscience vote on a disallowance motion pushing for a ban on taxpayer-funding for mid-term and late-term abortions.
A final phone hook-up will be required to confirm the arrangements. A number of conservative Labor MPs and senators are expected to use the opportunity to vote in favour of the disallowance motion.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Guy Barnett wants to end a $267 taxpayer subsidy for terminations between 14 and 26 weeks, claiming the current system in Australia is “abortion on demand” rather than in the interests of women’s health and welfare.
Guy Barnett once more pushes his fantasy of hordes of whimsical women who just wake up after several months of a normal pregnancy and decide “oh, I’m so bored, I’ll entertain myself with an abortion today”. This measure is nothing more than punishing women who have either been prevented from accessing earlier abortion services, or who have discovered a serious health problem with their pregnancy, by refusing them help with significant medical expenses.
Here’s hoping that Brendan Nelson pushes through a conscience vote for Liberal MPs and Senators as well – there’s quite a few pro-choice Liberals in Parliament alongside the conservatives.