In Victoria, John Brumby‘s Labor government last month introduced the Abortion Law Reform Bill, which aims to decriminalize abortions in the state. Currently abortions are only available in Victoria for women who can show they are at risk of harm. The law would decriminalize all abortions up to 24 weeks, and permit abortions after that subject to the agreement of two doctors.
The parties are allowing their members to vote on their conscience. The bill is expected to pass in the lower house, but may face considerable resistance in the upper house.
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- Opinion: abortion law reform promises better health care -The Age, September 3, 2008