POLL: Do you support women getting abortions in Queensland?

TODAY, The Bulletin has run a number of stories, looking at the abortion debate from many angles.

For two years Dr Carol Portmann was flown in from Brisbane to perform abortions at the Rockhampton clinic, because no one local would. Read why she thinks that is the case and about her experience with Rockhampton women: Carol says regional doctors hesitant to perform abortions

Mark  Ross has spent the past 15 years out the front of Rockhampton's abortion clinic with his hands around a Bible.

For one day each week the 71-year-old "helper of God's precious infants" could be found on the footpath with a group of up to seven others, praying and handing out pamphlets to the women who entered. 

Read more about why Mark Ross protested here: 'Why I spent 15 protesting at the abortion clinic'

Do you support women in Queensland getting abortions?

This poll ended on 13 November 2015.

Current Results

No

63%

Yes, if the woman has been raped or tests show the foetus is sick or deformed

5%

Yes, a woman should have the right to choose what is happening to her body

30%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A Rockhampton counsellor had a woman so upset by the presence of protestors outside the abortion clinic that she left in tears.

The counsellor, who remained anonymous to protect her clients, said the young woman ended up going out of town to have the procedure instead.

Another said she had seen women grapple with the sheer cost of termination.

Read more about their experiences here: Counsellors on helping women upset by abortion protests

Meanwhile, Rockhampton-based Senator Matt Canavan put forward a motion on Monday which noted "the important role freedom of speech plays in the exercise of public debate" in opposition to the Greens' campaign for abortion clinic exclusion zones to prevent protestors.

The senator's motion, labelling the Greens' legislation proposition an attack on "fundamental right" to protest, was defeated in the Senate after Labor joined the Greens. Read more here: Senate denies Canavan on right to protests about abortions



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