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Thursday, 10 May 1973
Page: 1947

The Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia, each and every one of whom declares himself to be over the age of eighteen years respectfully sheweth:

That an estimated 100,000 abortions, many of which are illegal occur in Australia annually;

That most of these abortions take place under undersirable conditions.

That in our opinion restrictivelaws relating to abortion have proved ineffective in controlling it, but have been counter productive, causing unnecessary hardship and risk to the life and health of women;

That at least one third of pregnancies in Australia are unplanned;

That unplanned pregnancies frequently produce unwanted children.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Proposed Medical Practice Clarification Act will be passed as originally proposed with out amendment. Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Lamb and Mr McKenzie.

Petitions received.

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