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Notice given 22 August 2002

139  Senator Mackay: To move—That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly:

(i) on becoming the first state or territory legislature to remove abortion from the criminal code, and

(ii) for repealing the appalling law which required women seeking abortions to first look at pictures of foetuses;

(b) notes that this landmark legislation should serve to encourage all remaining states and territories to enact similar legislative changes; and

(c) notes that the Australian Capital Territory legislation recognises that abortion is a decision for women and is not something that should carry the threat of a jail term.