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Abortion decriminalisation in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Kate Marsh
PO Box 2005

Total Signatures - 540

Sponsoring Member: Evan Moorhead MP

Posting Date: 15/09/2009

Tabled Date: 15/09/2009

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 24/12/2009

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
This petition of Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House to the fact that termination of pregnancy remains a criminal offence in Queensland. Under the current legislation, women are at risk of criminal prosecution for accessing a safe medical procedure. Health professionals also remain at risk of prosecution for providing safe abortion services to women. Queensland law on this matter is increasingly out of step with other Australian states and territories. In 2002, the ACT The majority of public opinion in Queensland has consistently supported the decriminalisation of abortion. Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to repeal sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Criminal Code to ensure that termination is no longer subject to criminal law.