|A new independent opinion poll shows that more voters are opposed to decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland than are in favour, showing Labor Independent Rob Pyne is completely out of touch in moving his private member’s Bill in State Parliament this week. Conducted by independent market research firm Galaxy Research for the Australian Family Association (AFA), this randomised telephone opinion poll of 400 Queensland voters taken last weekend (6-8 May 2016) indicates there is no consensus for the abortion law to be changed...|
....except to introduce safeguards for women such as independent counselling, cooling-off periods and parental consent – as well as conscientious objection provisions for doctors and nurses.
At election time, the research indicates an average swing of 6% would be generated against members of Parliament who had voted in favour of decriminalising abortion (24% swing against versus 18% swing towards).
Copies of the results are being issued formally to each Queensland MP for review.
Some key findings included:
- Voters of Queensland are quite cautious about abortion and worried about its negative effects:
· almost everyone (94%) believes that before having an abortion a woman should receive free independent counselling and information so that she can make a fully informed decision
· more than four out of five (84%) of Queensland voters believe that abortion can harm the mental and/or physical health of a woman.
- Almost half (49%) of Queensland voters oppose decriminalisation of abortion, with 43% in favour. This contrasts with recent claims by the pro-abortion lobby that there is 80% support for such a move.
- When asked “up to what stage of pregnancy would you allow abortion”, 22% of Queensland voters said “not at all” and 50% said only in the first three months – meaning 72% of Queensland voters are opposed to abortion past the first trimester. An overwhelming majority (85%) of voters are opposed to abortion past 20 weeks, with only 6% in favour.
· It also should be noted that support for abortion even in the first three months is heavily qualified, with 45% of Queensland voters opposed to abortion for non-medical, that is financial or social, reasons, and only 38% in favour.
AFA spokesperson Angela Duff said: “With 13 specific, objectively-worded questions, this comprehensive research has avoided skimming the surface of the issue as most past polls have done and has drilled down to find out what the Queensland public really believes.”
WHEN: 12.30pm, Thursday, 12th May, 2016
WHERE: The Dandiir Room, Level
Parliamentary Annexe, Alice St, Brisbane