In the dying days of February 2017, the Pyne abortion bills were withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament to prevent an embarassing defeat and set the pro-abortion cause back by many years.  In a face saving measure, Attorney-General Hon. Yvette D'Ath referred the current laws to the Queensland Law Reform Commission "for its advice, with a view to a Bill being introduced in the next term of Government so as to modernise Queensland's laws relating to the termination of pregnancy".

Watch the TV news reports from February 2017 to hear this announced by Jackie Trad and Yvette D'Ath.

This brings us to where we are now with the QLRC calling for submissions to their inquiry, due by 13 February 2018.

What can you do?

You are able to make a written submission to the QLRC putting your view about any or all of the 20 questions listed below (posed in a Consultation Paper published in December 2017). See www.qlrc.qld.gov.au/current-reviews for background information to help you formulate your response.  The questions are also re-published below.

Submissions should be sent to:

The Secretary
Queensland Law Reform Commission
PO Box 13312
George Street Post Shop QLD 4003

Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or facsimile: (07) 3247 9045

Our top tips for writing your submission

  • For your submission to be accepted and considered, it must address one or more of the questions listed below and continuing on the reverse side of this page. We encourage you to include a statement on whether you feel the law needs to be changed or not.
  • Please do not be critical of the Commission or its employees. They are public servants who are fulfilling an instruction given to them by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Hon. Yvette D’Ath.
  • Please do not make any religious-based arguments as abortion is not a religious issue. Abortion is a community-wide issue with physical, emotional, psychological and relationship consequences that reach further than just the woman involved.
  • Secular, rational arguments work best, particularly when supported by evidence. Personal stories used as examples of a point you make can be powerful.
  • Email a copy of your submission to Cherish Life at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helpful Resources

You will find good information and data to inform your response in the top four papers listed at our submissions section

Again, please send us a copy of your submission so that we can keep track of how many have been submitted and what is being said to the Commission.

Questions asked by the QLRC

(republished from their discussion paper)

Who should be permitted to perform or assist in performing terminations*
Q-1 Who should be permitted to perform, or assist in performing, lawful terminations of pregnancy?
Q-2 Should a woman be criminally responsible for the termination of her own pregnancy?

Gestational limits and grounds
Q-3 Should there be a gestational limit or limits for a lawful termination of pregnancy?
Q-4 If yes to Q-3, what should the gestational limit or limits be? For example:
(a) an early gestational limit, related to the first trimester of pregnancy;
(b) a later gestational limit, related to viability;
(c) another gestational limit or limits?
Q-5 Should there be a specific ground or grounds for a lawful termination of pregnancy?
Q-6 If yes to Q-5, what should the specific ground or grounds be? For example:
(a) a single ground to the effect that termination is appropriate in all the circumstances, having regard to:
(i) all relevant medical circumstances;
(ii) the woman’s current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances; and
(iii) professional standards and guidelines;
(b) one or more of the following grounds:
(i) that it is necessary to preserve the life or the physical or mental health of the woman;
(ii) that it is necessary or appropriate having regard to the woman’s social or economic circumstances;
(iii) that the pregnancy is the result of rape or another coerced or unlawful act;
(iv) that there is a risk of serious or fatal fetal abnormality?
Q-7 If yes to Q-5, should a different ground or grounds apply at different stages of pregnancy?

Consultation by the medical practitioner
Q-8 Should a medical practitioner be required to consult with one or more others (such as another medical practitioner or health practitioner), or refer to a committee, before performing a termination of pregnancy?
If yes to Q-8:
Q-9 What should the requirement be? For example:
(a) consultation by the medical practitioner who is to perform the termination with:
(i) another medical practitioner; or
(ii) a specialist obstetrician or gynaecologist; or
(iii) a health practitioner whose specialty is relevant to the circumstances of the case; or
(b) referral to a multi-disciplinary committee?
Q-10 When should the requirement apply? For example:
(a) for all terminations, except in an emergency;
(b) for terminations to be performed after a relevant gestational limit or on specific grounds?

Conscientious objection*
Q-11 Should there be provision for conscientious objection?
Q-12 If yes to Q-11:
(a) Are there any circumstances in which the provision should not apply, such as an emergency or the absence of another practitioner or termination of pregnancy service within a reasonable geographic proximity?
(b) Should a health practitioner who has a conscientious objection be obliged to refer or direct a woman to another practitioner or termination of pregnancy service?

Counselling
Q-13 Should there be any requirements in relation to offering counselling for the woman?
Protection of women and service providers and safe access zones*
Q-14 Should it be unlawful to harass, intimidate or obstruct:
(a) a woman who is considering, or who has undergone, a termination of pregnancy; or
(b) a person who performs or assists, or who has performed or assisted in performing, a lawful termination of pregnancy?
Q-15 Should there be provision for safe access zones in the area around premises where termination of pregnancy services are provided?
If yes to Q-15:
Q-16 Should the provision:
(a) automatically establish an area around the premises as a safe access zone? If so, what should the area be; or
(b) empower the responsible Minister to make a declaration establishing the area of each safe access zone? If so, what criteria should the Minister be required to apply when making the declaration?
Q-17 What behaviours should be prohibited in a safe access zone?
Q-18 Should the prohibition on behaviours in a safe access zone apply only during a particular time period?
Q-19 Should it be an offence to make or publish a recording of another person entering or leaving, or trying to enter or leave, premises where termination of pregnancy services are performed, unless the recorded person has given their consent?

Collection of data about terminations of pregnancy
Q-20 Should there be mandatory reporting of anonymised data about terminations of pregnancy in Queensland?

* See ‘conscientious objection’, ‘perform a termination of pregnancy’ and ‘safe access zone’ in the Glossary to the Paper located at http://www.qlrc.qld.gov.au/current-reviews