The Age 7 November 2013
The Napthine government is not ruling out changes to Victoria’s abortion laws ahead of an investigation into a doctor who refused to give a couple an abortion referral because they wanted a boy.
The state government said it was interested in the outcome of the Medical Board of Victoria’s investigation into Mark Hobart, a pro-life doctor who has been accused of breaking the state’s abortion laws.
It comes as pro-life advocates run a concerted campaign to repeal a section of the Abortion Law Reform Act, which requires doctors who have a conscientious objection to abortion to refer a woman to someone with no such objection.
When asked if there would be any changes to the act, which decriminalises abortion and was passed by parliament in 2008, a government spokesman said it respected the decision of the parliament on “this important issue”.
&nbsp;&amp;amp;lt;iframe id=”dcAd-1-4″ src=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/N6411/adi/onl.age.news/national/victoria;cat=national;ctype=article;cat1=victoria;pos=3;sz=300×250;tile=4;ord=4.6739499E7?” width=’300′ height=’250′ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ allowtransparency=”true” frameborder=”0″&amp;amp;gt; &amp;amp;lt;/iframe&amp;amp;gt;&nbsp;But the spokesman said there was a variety of views across the parliament on the requirement for mandatory referral.