Legislation to remove abortion from the Crimes Act in Victoria (abortion will still be regulated under the Health Act) has provoked hours of debate in the upper house of the Victorian State Parliament leading up to a conscience vote. The legislation has already been approved in the lower house.
ABC-Online: Upper House votes on abortion bill
A vote is expected in the Upper House today.
But there will be further debate on 60 amendments to the bill. A final vote is unlikely for some time.
There is still substantial opposition, much of it especially opposed to the clause mandating that any physician with a conscientious objection to abortion must refer a patient to a practitioner who will provide one.
The Australian: Catholic church warns over abortion Bill
THE Catholic Church has warned that Victoria’s contentious abortion legislation could create a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.
The Anglican church has also weighed in.