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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 2933 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

the anticipated effects of not undergoing the proposed treatment;

the nature of the intervention, eg how invasive it is, whether it will be painful, how long it will take, how they will feel before, during and after it;

Here is a good one, Mr Speaker:

any significant long and short term physical, emotional, mental, social, sexual or other outcome which may be associated with the proposed treatment ...

The list goes on and on. I would like to finish on one very important point, Mr Speaker. One thousand women a year, unsolicited, contact Women Hurt by Abortion. How on earth can Kerrie Tucker, for example, stand here and claim to be speaking for women? I ask her: What about the 1,000 women - and I imagine that they are only the tip of the iceberg - who have been hurt, who have not been adequately informed? That is what this Bill is about. It is about informed choice.

I thank the members who it appears are going to support this Bill in principle. At the end of the day, I doubt that all of us will be happy, but I think the reality will be that not all of us will be unhappy. Once again, I thank members, especially Mr Hargreaves and Mr Kaine, for their support. As I said, I look forward to continuing the debate in the detail stage.

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 10	 NOES, 7

Ms Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Corbell
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Moore
Mr Hird		Mr Quinlan
Mr Humphries	Mr Stanhope
Mr Kaine	Ms Tucker
Mr Osborne	Mr Wood
Mr Rugendyke
Mr Smyth
Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

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