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Election Survey - Tasmania 2014 - Q7

Q7 - Abortion

There is sound evidence showing that induced abortion is associated with some serious health risks – yet the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Act 2013 denies freedom of conscience and professional judgment to Tasmanian doctors who want to inform patients seeking an abortion about these risks. Failure to comply may result in deregistration.

Would you support reform of the new abortion law to give doctors freedom of conscience and professional judgement? 

Party Reply Score
Liberal Party                                                                                                    

The Liberals have no plans to further amend legislation.
Australian Labor Party                                                                                            

The need to ensure a doctor with a conscientious objection to termination refers a patient on is about protecting a women's right to make an informed decision with all the relevant information. The Legislative Council Committee's finding was that clause 7 of the Act extends the existing obligation in medical codes to not impede access but rather facilitate access to further care. It also found that it would be appropriate for medical practitioners to be able to refer a woman to other prescribed services. Amendments were made to the legislation during the Legislative Council debate to ensure a list of prescribed services could be provided to Doctors, minimising the level of input for a referral, making it more simply an exchange of information.

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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