The Termination of Pregnancy Bill is set to be debated and voted upon as a conscience vote in the Lower House in State Parliament in early 2021.
Abortion is an issue with complex medical, ethical, legal and social aspects. As your State representative, your views are important to me and I respect your opinions about this important piece of legislation. The Bill was introduced in the Upper House by Michelle Lensink in 2020 and can be found here - https://bit.ly/2KBmx7v
For more information, I encourage you to read the South Australian Law Reform Institute report – Abortion – A review of South Australian Law and Practice - https://bit.ly/3o3cTZo
Some facts about the Bill:
There has been comprehensive consultation conducted by South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) and the Australian Medical Association of South Australia (AMA SA) in relation to this Bill;
The Bill seeks to reform a 50-year-old law and will remove the burden of abortion as a criminal act;
The proposed legislation is informed and guided by principles of best clinical practice;
This Bill supports women living in regional and remote communities to access the health care they need;
The proposed legislation reserves the right of registered medical practitioners to conscientiously object if they disagree with a termination; and
The Bill moves to legislate what is already current practice in South Australia.