“Tasmania’s current law allows abortion right through pregnancy – as long as two doctors agree and the woman receives specialist counselling about the risks of abortion compared with giving birth,” FamilyVoice Tasmania state officer Jim Collins said today. “So why do we need new legislation?”
Jim Collins said the bill currently before the Legislative Council has no requirement for counselling at any stage – even late in the pregnancy. “There is no clause protecting women who feel pressured by partners or parents to abort their baby, even though research increasingly shows that such women are likely to suffer significant mental health problems later on,” he said.
“Independent counselling could protect such women. Where is the MP willing to draft an amendment to restore this essential part of the law?”
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