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(generated from captions) in the Senate After two days of passionate debate and weeks of intense lobbying, a comfortable win, it turned out to be at least on the numbers. the abortion pill RU486, For supporters of the senators voted over the drug. to remove the Health Minister's veto it as a "no confidence" vote A disappointed Tony Abbott described in government ministers. Craig McMurtrie reports. From Canberra,

In the end, the Senate conscience

vote wasn't close. 45 ayes and 28

nos, the matter is resolved in the

afor the first timive. Despite

afor the first timive. Despite hours of impassioned debate. Eventually

euthanasia will be legalised in

Australia. It's trendy, it's the

way it will go. And guess what

way it will go. And guess what will happen? There'll be a pill come up

and it will go to the TGA, not to

knock over babies, but to knock

knock over babies, but to knock over people and we will sit there and

say, "Well, that's a matter for the

TGA , they're an independent body.

TGA , they're an independent body. " If you can come to a view that

If you can come to a view that there can be a just war, why can there

never be a just abortion? The Upper

House decided to support removing

the Health Minister's veto over

RU486, leaving the way open to

non-surgical abortions and handing

responsibility for the drug over to

the they are futic goods admission.

I am deeply disappointed with the

result. We're just not up to the

job. The senators have effectively

voted no confidence in ministers

voted no confidence in ministers and parliaments, at least on this issue.

A former Howard Government Health

Minister was among those calling

Minister was among those calling for the removal of the veto. I don't

think the decision to allow to

prevent the TGA evaluating this

prevent the TGA evaluating this drug should depend on the view of the

minister of the day. Tony Abbott

says the issue has been a smear on

his Catholic faith, telling

colleagues that it reflects on him

as a minister. Many people have

as a minister. Many people have been saying that the reason why the bill

had to go through was because I

couldn't be trusted to exercise

couldn't be trusted to exercise this power responsibly. Is it true as

being rumoured that you're

considering resigning if this bill

becomes law? No,I ceremony am very

happy to be the Health Minister.

I don't think this is a matter that

ought to be focussed on one

minister. I mean, Tony Abbott is

not minister for life in this

country. Those who have long argued

for the wider use of RU486 and

removal of the veto were thrilled.

The vote was overwhelmingly carried

by women. It's certainly the case

that the case against was largely

that of men and men in the

that of men and men in the coalition party. It's a victory today of good

governance, and of logic over what

has unfortunately been some very

emotive mistruths and inaccuracies.

It isn't the final word on the

issue. It's now up to MPs who'll

have their free vote in the House

have their free vote in the House of Representatives next week. But

heartened by today's result in the

Senate, those wanting the removal