Victorian upper house votes on decriminalising abortion today

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.

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10 replies

  1. It’s been passed by the Upper House 23 – 17, and moved on to committee, where amendments will be debated. So it’s looking good, but legislation in line with current practice is still not guaranteed.

  2. Now passed without amendments.

  3. sorry, previous post wasnt at all constructive. But it made me happy to hear that they didn’t cave.
    *is now wondering how the churchies are gonna take it*

  4. Excellent. Now I wonder if we can get someone to push a similar decriminalisation in NZ…

  5. Emervents has a list here of all the MLCs who voted for the Bill, with their email addresses ready to just dump into your email app and a sample letter (although I think it’s better to construct a short one of your own.) Go now!
    I furiously agree with this sentence from Emma’s letter:
    …Especially those who voted for it despite having personal reservations, you are true representatives of the people.
    Thank you for trusting me, and women like me with this decision.


  6. I sent my emails first thing this morning, I’m not sure they were exactly coherent, I was just so relieved the legislation had passed. I just wanted them to get a positive in amongst what I’m sure will be a landslide of negative. I have to say I was so impressed with Colleen Hartland sending out email updates. I’m a bit vague on the parlimentary process and tend to not get hugely engaged but this made me feel a bit closer to the political process and made it seem less obscure. I really appreciated it. (And told her so in my email!)

  7. Thanks for helping me encourage the letters of thanks Helen, that was meant to be my mission for this arvo. Don’t have to now! There have been hits from here and Cast Iron Balcony already.
    It will be interesting to see how long the media keeps reporting the church’s bleating.

  8. I’ve just sent an e-mail along the lines of Emma’s suggestion to all the MPs, and a separate personal one to Evan Thornley as I know him, thanking them for their votes.

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