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Queensland health minister promises $2m annual investment in continuous care maternity model

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

MOTHERS and leaders pushing for better maternity care in Logan have claimed a victory after the Queensland government promised a $2m annual investment to community-based care. Health minister Cameron Dick announced on May 25 that the investment would fund six new midwives for community-based antenatal and postnatal care to Logan women. The midwives will be based in community maternity hubs, ... Read More »

Mater hospital to give round-the-clock care for pregnant mothers until six weeks after birth

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MATER Mothers’ Hospital has opened Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7 pregnancy centre to care for women with complications from the start of pregnancy through until six weeks after birth. In Australia, as many as one in four women expecting a baby experience complications early in pregnancy – from conception to 20 weeks gestation. Most women in this situation attend emergency departments ... Read More »

Conscience vote on abortion bills promised to MPs, Premier confirms

Pro-life supporters

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised to allow Government members a conscience vote on two contentious abortion bills. The Premier’s promise follows speculation that some Labor MPs had urged colleagues to consider the bills as decriminalisation matters rather than the abortion vote that requires a mandatory conscience vote under Labor’s national platform. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is an abortion supporter ... Read More »

Report rejecting bill to legalise abortion in Queensland misses mental health risk link

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A 135-page report which formed the basis of Queensland’s parliamentary inquiry rejecting an abortion legalisation bill, found no link between abortion and mental health risks amongst women. That’s despite international longitudinal studies that show women can suffer substantial long-term mental injury following terminations. The inquiry finding could prove significant if the document is used in support of any new legislative ... Read More »

Rob Pyne’s new abortion bill worse than the first, pro-life groups say

Pro-life flash mob

PRO-life leaders say a new Queensland private member’s bill seeking to clarify abortion access after 24 weeks’ gestation is an extreme “con job”. Cairns MP Rob Pyne proposed a new bill, titled the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016, to regulate the procurement of abortions for women more than 24 weeks pregnant. The new bill would make late-term abortions ... Read More »

‘Abortion Rethink’ campaign launches in response to proposed bill

Dr Katrina Neal

THE Australian Family Association has launched a public campaign urging Queenslanders to pressure their state MP’s not to support a proposed abortion bill. The AFA said newly commissioned polling showed more voters were opposed to decriminalising abortion than were in favour and used the campaign to announce the results. The poll was a response to a proposal for a private ... Read More »

Pro-life groups push to stop bill to try and legalise abortion up to nine months

Pro-life supporter

LABOR defector Rob Pyne has set in motion a bill to try to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Mr Pyne has tabled his first private member’s bill in State Parliament, which would legalise abortion for women up to nine months pregnant. “Currently abortion is a crime in Queensland under the criminal code. This would eliminate those elements of the code that ... Read More »

Marching to protect human life

Protecting life

PRO-LIFE supporters will tell Queensland voters why maintaining the state’s illegal status on abortion is a human right at a public march tomorrow. Cherish Life Queensland state president Teresa Martin said pro-life supporters wanted the government to retain abortion as a criminal offense despite pressure from anti-life activists. “We have the good grace from God that unborn life is still ... Read More »

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