Anna Bligh, it’s time to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Heck, it’s time everywhere. But now we’ve got a teenager and her 21-year-old boyfriend facing trial for using illegally imported RU486 to terminate a pregnancy. Why they did this instead of going to a doctor, I don’t know, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. Tegan Simone Leach, who is only 19, could spend seven years in jail. Her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, could be in for 14 years.
Removing abortion from the criminal code was flagged by the Bligh Government in 2007, yet still nothing has happened. In October that year, Anna Bligh told the Courier-Mail: “I have been on the public record a number of times on this issue and I believe that those decisions are best made by a woman, her partner and her doctor and they are ultimately private decisions. If . . . there was a Bill in the Parliament to decriminalise it, I would support such a Bill, but I have no intention of introducing such a Bill.”
In August this year, The Australian reported that the draft legislation was ready. So what’s the hold up?
I don’t buy the pro-lifer argument. If you disagree with terminating a pregnancy then don’t do it. Likewise with stem cell research – if you have a moral objection then choose not to benefit from the research. Why should one small group’s religious beliefs dictate what the rest of a secular society can do?
Now, where can I get one of Kerry Nettle’s “Get your rosaries off my ovaries” t-shirts?