Last night, after a heated debate, the New South Wales’ Lower House passed the Reproductive Health Bill with 59 votes in favour. Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich introduced the bill to decriminalise abortion in the state. The bill brought politicians from different views to vote in favour.
New South Wales is the only state penalising women and doctors for performing abortion for up to 10 years in prison.
The bill will be discussed to the Upper House to make the bill a law, and advocates are pleased with this result. The challenge, after the bill passes, is how to provide the procedure to all women, especially those living in regional areas.