Rachel Carling-Jenkins has successfully introduced the Infant Viability Bill into the Victorian parliament, with the bill’s 1st reading carried this afternoon.
This means the bill’s title is now listed on the Legislative Council’s notice paper, and the following long title was incorporated into hansard:
“A Bill for an Act to ensure the provision of access to holistic care and support to pregnant women and preborn children so as to promote infant viability, to amend the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 and Crimes Act 1958, to make consequential amendments to certain other Acts and for other purposes.”
The next step will be Rachel’s second reading speech, in which she outlines the details of the bill and explains why it is needed, followed by second reading debate, which will take place at a later time.
Surprisingly, the Greens and Sex Party called a division to vote against the first reading, something which is completely unconventional and drew ridicule from members of all other political persuasions in the chamber.
It was a typical totalitarian attempt to shut down a member of parliament’s entitlement and duty to bring before the parliament an issue for debate, which that MP was elected to do!