Encouraging news! Queensland's Liberal National Party (LNP) has declared its intention to "review" Queensland's abortion laws if it wins government at the 31 October state election.
While Cherish Life welcomes the LNP's concern for the unborn and pregnant women, we are concerned that a "review" is not a commitment to roll back Queensland's abortion laws, and that a review could drag on for many months or even a year. In the meantime, there could be thousands of more babies killed by abortion.
What we would like is quick and decisive legislative action in favour of the unborn. Our current abortion laws are so cruel and extreme they require an axe to be taken to them, not just a few delicate amendments at a later date.
Cherish Life calls on the LNP for a stronger commitment to protecting unborn babies and pregnant women. Meanwhile, the Katter Australian Party (KAP) has strongly stated they will be seeking every opportunity to roll back our state's extreme abortion laws. While the Queensland chapter of One Nation Party (ONP) has been publicly condemning Labor's abortion laws on social media, at the same time the official Qld ONP policy on abortion remains unclear.
What is clear is that abortion is increasingly becoming an election issue. While it's obvious Labor / Greens must be ousted to have any hope of changing our state abortion laws, the question remains - which individuals and parties will best protect human life? We will update you in future communications as we continue to canvass candidates and parties on their views on life.
UPDATE - the following day on 4 June, former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad vowed to defend the abortion laws.
In response, Cherish Life's Executive Director said (as published in Brisbane Times on 4 June)