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Mark Latham says ‘rushed’ abortion bill would ‘inevitably be faulty’

Mark Latham has not ruled out supporting an abortion bill but insists the current proposal has not been thought out and instead rushed through Parliament.

The bill would allow terminations on request for women who are up to 22 weeks pregnant.

After this time, women may have an abortion if two doctors agree it is necessary for physical, social or psychological reasons.

It has sparked concerns around a lack of safeguards for late-term abortions with about half a dozen Liberal MPs opposing the proposed legislation.

Mr Latham tells Ben Fordham the bill should not be rushed through Parliament.

“Like all laws that are being rushed, inevitably this one will be faulty.

“I’m not a religious person but I’ve gotta say I see a heavily pregnant woman walking down the street, and the woman’s eight months pregnant, I work on the assumption there’s a human being in there.

“I’m not closed to the possibility of supporting something through the Parliament but it’s got to be good law, well-considered thought through law.”

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