NSW Women Can Cheer As The Lower House Passes A Bill To Decriminalise Abortion
Women of NSW can rejoice because a historic bill decriminalising abortion in the state has passed through the State Parliament’s Lower House overnight.
The bill, which aims to redefine abortion as a medical procedure and remove it from the Crimes Act, was passed 59 in favour and 31 against.
After three days of debating and amending the bill, it was passed at 11:00pm last night (August 8), which had MPs cheering.
We did it! The Legislative Assembly has passed our bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW! pic.twitter.com/JhKsRT74DE
— Alex Greenwich MP (@AlexGreenwich) August 8, 2019
Premier Gladys Berejiklian was included in the members who voted in favour of the bill, as well as Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Opposition Leader Jodi McKay.
On Tuesday August 6, Greens MP Jenny Leong made an impassioned speech, voicing her outrage that it had taken so long.
"The sound of men arguing over our personal reproductive health choices hurts my ears and it offends my very core," she said.
Despite the bill passing the Lower House, it has a few more hurdles to jump. It will need to pass the state’s Upper House and will be considered by a Legislative Council inquiry next week.
Regardless, we are ready to celebrate because this is PROGRESS.
- Tait McGregor
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