Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 2235 ..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Berry, from 1,278 residents, requesting that the Assembly call on Mr Osborne to withdraw the Health Regulation (Abortions) Bill 1998 and, if the Bill is considered, to vote "No" to the Bill and show respect for women's abilities to make informed decisions about reproductive health matters.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:
The following residents of the Australian Capital Territory draw to the attention of the Assembly: That the Osborne "Health Regulations (Abortions) Bill 1998" if passed by the Assembly would effectively amount to a ban on abortions being performed in the ACT and would lead to the closure of the Reproductive Healthcare Services clinic. This would have the effect of drastically reducing the status of women in the ACT.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:
1. Call on Mr Osborne to withdraw the tabled Bill from the Assembly's consideration; and
2. In the event of the Bill being put we urge members to "Vote No!" to the Osborne Bill and show respect for women's abilities to make informed decisions about reproductive health matters.