Bill To Decriminalise Abortion Finally To Be Introduced To NSW Parliament
A bill to decriminalise abortion will be introduced to NSW parliament before politicians have the chance to debate it next week.
Sydney independent MP Alex Greenwich will introduce the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019 to the lower house on Thursday.
The private members bill will allow for terminations up to 22 weeks and later if two doctors "consider that, in all the circumstances, the termination should be performed".
The draft legislation will give doctors the right to conscientiously object to performing abortions but they must refer patients to another health practitioner who can provide the service.
The bill was originally scheduled to be debated this week but conservative MPs worked behind the scenes to delay its passage.
Debate is now set to start on Tuesday next week.
The draft legislation has sparked intense backlash from anti-abortion advocates, including church groups, which have slammed it as a "bad bill" and accused the state coalition government of trying to rush it through parliament.
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An anti-abortion 'Rally for Life' is scheduled to be held outside NSW Parliament on Thursday by Right for Life NSW, Family Voice Australia, Family Life International and We Support Women.
Despite the backlash, it's believed the bill has wide cross-party MP support at Macquarie Street.