Bill to legislate abortion on demand in NSW fails

Last week, Thursday 11 May 2017, Mehreen Faruqi MLC's bill to legalise abortion on demand in New South Wales was voted down, by the significant margin of 25 votes to 14.

Watch the exact moment the bill was defeated below.



Thanks to everyone who signed signatures on petitions and contacted their Legislative Council representatives. In the end a total of 56,559 signatures were tabled on Wednesday morning by Labor politician Greg Donnelly MLC in the NSW Parliament. It was a fantastic effort from the pro-life NSW community from just 2 weeks notice to collect signatures. Here's a list of all politicians who voted for and against the bill:

Voted "Yes" for the abortion bill (14)

Buckingham, Mr J (Greens)
Faruqi, Dr M (Greens)
Field, Mr J (Greens)
Graham, Mr J (Labor)
Mookhey, Mr D (Labor)
Pearson, Mr M (Animal Justice)
Primrose, Mr P (Labor)
Searle, Mr A (Labor)
Secord, Mr W (Labor)
Sharpe, Ms P (Labor)
Shoebridge, Mr D (Greens)
Veitch, Mr M (Labor)
Voltz, Ms L (Labor)
Walker, Ms D (Greens)

Voted "No" for the abortion bill (25)

Amato, Mr L (Liberal)
Blair, Mr N (Nationals)
Borsak, Mr R (Shooters, Fishers & Farmers)
Brown, Mr R (Shooters, Fishers & Farmers)
Clarke, Mr D (Liberal)
Colless, Mr R (Nationals)
Cusack, Ms C (Liberal)
Donnelly, Mr G (Labor)
Farlow, Mr S (Liberal)
Franklin, Mr B (Nationals)
Gay, Mr D (Nationals)
Green, Mr P (Christian Democratic Party)
Harwin, Mr D (Liberal)
Khan, Mr T (Nationals)
MacDonald, Mr S (Liberal)
Maclaren-Jones, Ms N (Liberal)
Mallard, Mr S (Liberal)
Martin, Mr T (Liberal)
Mitchell, Ms S (Nationals)
Moselmane, Mr S (Labor)
Nile, Reverend F (Christian Democratic Party)
Pearce, Mr G (Liberal)
Phelps, Dr P (Liberal)
Taylor, Ms B (Nationals)
Wong, Mr E (Labor)

George, Mr J (Labor), Houssos, Ms C (Labor) and Mason-Cox, Mr M (Liberal) were absent and did not vote.

View the entire debate in the NSW Parliament Hansard by clicking here.

This LifeSiteNews article has more details on the abortion bill defeat.

But it is important to note the fight isn't over against changes to NSW laws. Labor Penny Sharpe MLC's bill to introduce a 150 metre buffer zone around abortion clinics remains tabled in the Legislative Council and will likely be debated at some stage. We need to oppose this buffer zone which has already been implemented in Tasmania, New South Wales in Victoria. They do nothing to help women and in fact deny them the right to seek information about alternatives to abortion. For more reasons to oppose them see 10 reasons to oppose abortion clinic buffer zones (note the article was written for Victoria but the reasons are relevant elsewhere).


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