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Gender selection abortion amendment passes parliament

A gender selection amendment has passed parliament while the debate on the abortion bill is set to continue into next week.

Earlier in the week, the Upper House rejected the amendment to ban sex-selection abortions.

But NSW Finance Minister Damien Tudehope introduced a new clause which passed 28-13.

He was able to secure a commitment from the health minister that guidelines will be issued with a view to preventing gender selection abortions.

Mr Tudehope tells Alan Jones he had hoped for a different result.

“It’s not in my view what I would have said as a better choice where we, in fact, have outlawed sex-selection, but it says there’s a commitment from government to make sure that it’s not happening.”

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