Children Among Anti-Abortion Protesters At Liberal Party State Council Meeting
More than 100 protesters gathered outside the NSW Liberal Party State Council meeting, where an urgency motion to condemn legislation to decriminalise abortion in NSW was defeated.
Dozens of parents and children have chanted anti-abortion messages at MPs entering a Liberal Party State Council meeting amid tightening tensions over a move to decriminalise terminations in NSW.
The protesters loudly voiced their opposition on Saturday to a bill that would allow women to choose to terminate their pregnancies up to 22 weeks or with the approval of two doctors, terminate later pregnancies.
"Ditch the bill" and "stand for life" rang out as protesters held signs exclaiming "Berejiklian Genocide", "Abortion = state-sanctioned domestic violence" and "pro-life = true feminist".
At the State Council meeting, Liberal MP Tanya Davies raised an urgency motion to condemn legislation to decriminalise abortion in NSW, which was defeated 217 votes to 236.
Davies, who has expressed her willingness to move to the crossbench over Premier Gladys Berejiklian's handling of the private member's bill, told the protesters to remain passionate but campaign with "the utmost respect and tolerance".
"I understand it's a highly emotive issue and it should be," she said.
"It's about life and death."
Should the Mulgoa MP, and fellow bill critic and Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly, move to the crossbench, the government would lose its thin majority in the 93-seat Legislative Assembly.
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Meanwhile, a pro-abortion lobby group on Saturday said the vast majority of NSW residents -- including Liberal Party voters -- want to see abortion decriminalised.
The online poll commissioned by NSW Pro-Choice Alliance and conducted by the Online Research Unit suggested 72 per cent of Liberal voters and 83 per cent of National voters believed the law should be changed.
About one in three Liberal voters and half of all National voters said they'd be less likely to vote for their local MP if they voted to keep abortion a crime.
"To continue to deny women safe and legal access to abortion is unconscionable and politically untenable," NSW Pro-Choice Alliance Wendy McCarthy said in a statement.
The online survey conducted over the past week had a sample of 1018 adults and was weighted to Census data for region, age and gender.
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