Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3013 ..
MR HIRD (continuing):
I know the hour is late, but I do feel that I have an obligation, as an elected member, to state the reasons why I will be supporting Mr Moore's amendment. I am also persuaded by our colleague Mr Rugendyke in his firm stand, one that I admire him for and one that he has had first-hand knowledge of. As someone who, representing an electorate, has had a number of dealings with women in a difficult predicament at a young age, I know that they certainly grow up very quickly when it comes to making a decision. As I said, I share the sentiments and argument put forward by the Chief Minister.
That the amendment (Mr Humphries') be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 5 NOES, 12 Mr Humphries Mr Berry Mr Kaine Ms Carnell Mr Osborne Mr Corbell Mr Smyth Mr Cornwell Mr Stefaniak Mr Hargreaves Mr Hird Mr Moore Mr Quinlan Mr Rugendyke Mr Stanhope Ms Tucker Mr WoodQuestion so resolved in the negative.
MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (2.01 am): I move amendment No. 15 circulated in my name:
Page 5, line 9, subclause (1), omit the subclause, substitute the following subclause:
"(1) A person shall not perform an abortion on a woman unless her consent has been obtained in writing, stating the date and time, at a time not less than 72 hours after making a declaration under section 8.
Penalty: 50 penalty units.".
I have explained to members that this amendment provides a comprehensive requirement for consent, information and the cooling-off period of 72 hours within the system that was put up before. I do urge members to support it, although it is one of the things that I consider to be a significant compromise. I must say to members that, when I discussed the issue with Family Planning and other people, they indicated very clearly to me that