NATIONAL Party candidate for Lowan, Emma Kealy, is still making up her mind about the effort to repeal a section of Victoria’s abortion laws made by Liberal Party elements and independent MP Geoff Shaw.
The specific proposal is to repeal ‘Section 8’ of the Abortion Law Reform Act which states health practitioners who object to abortion must refer a woman who requests an abortion to another practitioner.
The entire Abortion Law Reform Act was passed by a conscience vote in 2008 which saw opposition from MPs in the Liberal, National and Labor parties.
“Uncomfortable” with laws
Current Lowan MP, Hugh Delahunty, was one of the 32 lower house MPs who voted against the Act, and he told The Spectator that he was “uncomfortable” with the laws.
“My understanding is that the current government will not introduce legislation to repeal sections of the Act, and if it comes after the election, the National Party has made it clear it will be a conscience issue,” he said.
“Emma (Ms Kealy) will be able to make up her own mind.”
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