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Senior Minister lashes out at ‘concerning’ abortion bill

Senior Minister Anthony Roberts has come out against a bill that would make NSW the last state in Australia to decriminalise abortion.

The new bill will see abortion regulated as a medical procedure rather than a crime.

It 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.

But MP Anthony Roberts tells Ray Hadley he doesn’t support the bill.

“My position is that I think the current situation we have, while it’s not perfect, it works.”

He also believes parliamentary processes were breached when some MPs tried to force the bill through.

“There was an attempt in the process by the mover of that bill to bring it on without giving us the necessary time to actually go through and have a look at that bill.

“I’ve never seen a piece of legislation driven through at such a rapid rate.

“It has some serious consequences, such as the ability to terminate a human being’s life right up until the child is born.”

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