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Abortion Legislation Bill — In Committee — Part 1 — Health practitioner qualifications

10 March, 2020


This Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) amends the Abortion Legislation Bill. The amendments concern the medical practitioners who may administer abortions at different terms of gestation. The process of administering an abortion, and the risk associated with it, varies significantly depending on the stage of the pregnancy. As such, this SOP is designed to ensure that safety mechanisms are in place to ensure the woman is well cared for and the risks that accompany the process are fully taken into account throughout the advancement of the pregnancy. This is done by ensuring that the experience and qualifications of the health practitioner reflect the involvement and risk of abortions at particular stages.

The question was put that the amendments set out on Supplementary Order Paper 460 in the name of Agnes Loheni to clause 5 be agreed to.

Mover of amendment

Photo of Agnes Loheni
Agnes Loheni
National Party, List

Votes Not passed by a large majority

Amendments not agreed to.

Personal Vote

This was a personal vote (or conscience vote) which meant MPs could decide how to vote on their own, rather than having to follow the party position. Learn more on the official Parliament website.

43 Voted For

74 Voted Against

3 Absent

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