Barnaby Joyce launches abortion bill robo-call campaign

CALLING UP: New England MP Barnaby Joyce has reportedly launched a robo-call campaign lobbying against a bill seeking to decriminalise abortion. Photo: Gareth Gardner 101018GGD04
CALLING UP: New England MP Barnaby Joyce has reportedly launched a robo-call campaign lobbying against a bill seeking to decriminalise abortion. Photo: Gareth Gardner 101018GGD04

BARNABY Joyce has reportedly launched a robo-call campaign phoning people outside of his federal electorate urging them to contact their state MPs and voice their displeasure with the bill seeking to decriminalise abortion.

Dubbo resident Veronica Hudson saidshe received an automated call from Mr Joyce at about 8pm on Monday night.

Ms Hudson said she was taken aback by the call.

"I'm not in the electorate," she said.

"And what if I'm not displeased with the bill?"

She said it was a women's rights issue and asked what right Mr Joyce had to launch a robo-call campaign such as this outside of his electorate.

Mr Joyce has voiced his opposition to the bill in recent weeks also launching an online petition and penning an opinion piece for Nine on the reforms.

"It bases rights on the random timing of birth: after birth, you are a person; before birth you could face termination, which if it is on a day the baby could be viably born, basically reinstates the death penalty, though this time without needing a crime," Mr Joyce wrote.

"You have a responsibility to look after a baby after they are born.

"It is not a right that you can do as you wish with that person before they are born, as inconvenient at times as that may be."

The New England MP has been contacted for further comment.