COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON IMPORTANT PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL
A community survey is being circulated by the Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson as he carefully considers his position with the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019.
Mr Anderson said the Independent Member for Sydney has tabled the Bill this week for consideration by the NSW Parliament.
“While this is not a Government Bill, National Party Members have been given a conscience vote on the matter.
“If you have a view, I am encouraging you to please have your say.
“I will be carefully considering my position as well as discussing it with my electorate before I cast my vote in Parliament.
“I think it is important to consult the Electorate before I cast my vote on this important piece of Legislation,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The objects of the Bill are:
(a) To enable a termination of a pregnancy to be performed by a medical practitioner on a person who is not more than 22 weeks pregnant;
(b) To enable a termination of a pregnancy to be performed by a medical practitioner on a person who is more than 22 weeks pregnant in certain circumstances;
(c) To identify certain registered health practitioners who may assist in the performance of a termination;
(d) To require a registered health practitioner who has a conscientious objection to the performance of a termination on a person to disclose the objection and refer the person to another practitioner who does not have a conscientious objection;
(e) To repeal offences relating to abortion in the Crimes Act 1900 and abolish any common law rules relating to abortion; and
(f) To amend the Crimes Act 1900 to make it an offence for a person who is not a medical practitioner otherwise authorised under the Act to terminate a pregnancy.