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Australian opposition leader would not seek federal abortion restrictions

Catholic World News - June 14, 2013

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has said that he will not strike deals on federal abortion restrictions in order to form a new government coalition.

Insisting that his coalition would have “no plans for change in this area,” Abbott repeated his view that abortion legislation is “fundamentally an area for the states.”

While Abbott, a Catholic, has shied away from the issue, a potential coalition partner, Senator John Madigan, has sought to restrict federal funding for abortions.

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