Screenshot from the cover of the survey
Queensland members of State Parliament who vote in favour of decriminalising abortion would face an average swing of 12 per cent against them, according to a new survey.
"What Queenslanders Really Think About Abortion" survey by Galaxy Research also showed that there had been no swing in favour of decriminalising abortion since a recent Cairns trial related to abortion, said Australian Family Association (AFA) spokesman Alan Baker in The Catholic Leader.
The research showed, for example, Queenslanders were split on whether abortion involved taking human life, with half (50 percent) saying it did and 42 percent saying no, with seven percent undecided.
Almost every respondent (94 percent) believed a woman should receive free independent counselling and information so she can make a fully informed decision.
Mr Baker also described the 13-question survey as being "much more transparent" and going much deeper than pro-abortion surveys which only "skim the surface" with questions along the lines of: "Do you support women's right to choose?"
The survey, conducted between October 15 and 17 on behalf of AFA, appeared to confirm Premier Anna Bligh's political wisdom in opposing calls to undertake a wider review of Queensland's abortion laws.
Mr Baker, summing up the findings of the survey, said the main message the survey contained for Premier Bligh was Queenslanders "were not only conflicted but unsure and cautious about decriminalising abortion and wanted safeguards for women making such a choice".
Swing to life (The Catholic Leader)
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What Queenslanders Really Think About Abortion