The Australian Family Association (AFA) have indicated that they "expect a private members bill to decriminalise abortion to full-term before the end of 2011".
"With an election due by early June 2012, (April/May most likely) the Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh, is under intense pressure from the abortion lobby to allow debate in parliament on abortion.
According to the AFA, "Premier Bligh has stated repeatedly she supports the full decriminalisation of abortion. As a member of EMILY's list, it is no surprise as the Premier is simply following orders. All EMILY's list supporters (www.emilyslist.org.au) must also vote according to the goals and objectives of EMILY's list".
Even Emily List's leaders themselves have defended Bligh from the attack of the abortion lobby. In an article ('Blaming women not the answer to abortion law reform') Hutch Hussein (National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia) and Tanja Kovac (National Co-ordinator) said that "A number of women in the Queensland parliament enjoy our support and we have no reason to question their loyalty to change". They added that "Blaming Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, or anyone of our supporters, for failing to reform a piece of legislation that pre-dates even the right of women to vote is counter-productive to affecting change in the best interests of women, and the partners who support them".
Hussein and Kovac, of Emily's List, also described the patience required to implement open slather abortion legislation: "Incremental change is not popular – calling for revolution when it can’t be delivered makes for more interesting television. But incremental change –law reform inquiries, private members bills requiring conscience votes, consensus building and other boring, but essential steps needed to take people with you on a journey for change - is what makes for lasting behavioural and social transformation. This is why progressive women, like Premier Bligh, need two things - firstly, the people of Queensland to elect more progressive MPs into their parliament and, secondly, the support of women’s movement and the community sector and the press to take a greater interest in the institutional structures that work to limit women’s control over their own bodies".
Hussein and Kovac also advised Emily List supporters to "Be clear on who the enemies of Reproductive Freedom are and direct our energies accordingly".
It would appear now that as Bligh's term as Premier may be coming to an end, with an election due early next year - that the abortion lobby is demanding Bligh 'go for broke' on legalising abortion up until birth.
ACT NOW:The AFA urges all Queenslanders to contact their state MP to express their concern. Find your MP here.
Life Network Australia asks that everyone opposed to the current Victorian legislation also act quickly to make contact with Queensland MPs and express our opposition.