As part of our re-launch, we've hit the streets of Sydney this weekend to get an insight into different views on abortion.
With a handful of private member bills being tabled in the NSW Parliament, we wanted to find out what people really think. On the extreme end, there's the private member bill put forward by the Greens MLC, Mehreen Faruqi, titled Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016. This bill, if passed, would remove abortion from the NSW Crimes Act 1900, legalising it up to birth.
There is another bill that has been pushed forward by Christian Democratic Party MLC, Fred Nile, titled Crimes Amendment (Zoe's Law) Bill 2017. This bill is an amendment to the crimes act based on a case in which a reckless driver killed a child in utero, but was not able to be charged for the offence.
Because of these bills, we're out asking passer-by’s in Hyde Park a series of questions. The handful of questions range from "when does life begin?" to "would you be less or more likely to vote for your local MP if they voted in favour of legalising abortion?". Not only does this give us a great opportunity to discuss with members of the public about their views, it will give us information about where the wider population stands on the abortion debate, allowing us to continue our lifesaving work.