The Parliament of Queensland, Australia, voted Wednesday to strike legal protections for the unborn from its criminal code. The law had considered abortion “an offense against morality.”
The bill passed 50-41 and will legalize abortion through 22 weeks of gestation or until birth with the approval of two doctors.
Daile Kelleher, manager of the pro-abortion group Children by Choice, celebrated the vote, calling abortion a “simple medical procedure” that 1 in 3 Australian women will have in their lifetimes.
Member of Parliament Jarrod Bleijie said he couldn’t vote in favor of the law because “killing a baby in 1918 is no different to killing a baby in 2018.”
Pro-life group Cherish Life pointed out that when Victoria legalized abortion, late-term abortions increased by 40 percent. “The 22-week ‘limit’ in the Termination of Pregnancy Bill would be just as ineffective as Victoria’s 24-week gestational ‘limit,’ because of the loose criteria and poor governance around the second doctor approval process,” the group said in a statement. “Basically this is an abortion-to-birth bill.” —S.G.