New Zealand- New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

Hannah Martin
Feb 17 2019

A prominent lawyer is calling on the government to provide better systemic support for women, to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

New Australian research - co-authored by Christchurch barrister and senior lecturer Rhonda Powell - seeks to remind policymakers of the complex reasons women seek abortions and has been presented to NZ lawmakers.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110574920/new-research-presented-to-law-makers-in-abortion-reform-debate

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Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

By Kieran Jorgensen
17/02/2019

Abortion laws around Australia differ radically, thanks to each state and territory having its own legislative body and legal code. In almost all states (with the exception of NSW) abortions are legal, although sometimes restricted. In NSW there are numerous exceptions to performing abortions being a crime, with the effect that the procedure is functionally accessible.

Continued: https://bestinau.com.au/abortion-laws-in-the-different-states-and-territories-in-australia/

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Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

By Rebecca Puddy
Posted Feb 7, 2019

Anti-abortion campaigners say they have been ordered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) to stop letterboxing flyers and driving a mobile billboard around Adelaide.

The ECSA's decision comes ahead of Saturday's by-election in Cheltenham and Enfield. It follows legislation being introduced to Parliament late last year to remove abortion from the state's crimes act.

Continued; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/anti-abortion-campaign-ordered-to-stop-ahead-of-by-election/10785096

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Victoria’s Anti-Abortion Doctors Risk Breaking Laws, Study Finds

Victoria's Anti-Abortion Doctors Risk Breaking Laws, Study Finds
Doctors who object to abortion stand accused of failing their legal obligations to women seeking termination.

Jessica Leahy
February 1, 2019

Abortion was decriminalised Victoria in 2008 but since then health practitioners have held on to the right to conscientiously object to carrying out abortions so long as they refer women on to a health expert who does not object.

But, according to a University of Melbourne-led study, some of the state’s anti-abortion professionals are breaking the law by subjecting women to tactical delays that flout Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008.

Continued: https://www.whimn.com.au/talk/victorias-antiabortion-doctors-risk-breaking-laws-study-finds/news-story/6ee271bc3d8b8932b7f96504fe9f2cc5

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Victorian doctors who object to abortion ‘attempting to delay or deny access’

Victorian doctors who object to abortion 'attempting to delay or deny access'
Study reveals failure of legal protections to ensure women’s access to terminations

Melissa Davey
Thu 31 Jan 2019

Victorian doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are breaking the law by failing to refer women on to practitioners who will perform the procedure, leading to some women having abortions later than necessary or having the baby despite wanting a termination.

This was the finding from a study led by associate professor Louise Keogh at the University of Melbourne, who examined whether mandatory referral, introduced in Victoria during abortion law reforms in 2008, was making healthcare more accessible to women.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/31/victorian-doctors-who-object-to-abortion-attempting-to-delay-or-deny-access

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all

SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 17, 2018

The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC), formed in 2016 to campaign for a change in the law, was at the State Parliament on 5 December to hear Tammy Franks of the Greens introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion along with other campaigners for law reform, whose ages spanned from their 20s to their 80s. Anne Levy, one of the MPs who was a member of parliament when South Australia last reformed its law in 1969, was also there to witness the bill being introduced.

SAAAC report that “The bill is exactly what we wanted…. [Franks’] speech set new horizons for what can be said in Australian parliaments about abortion.” SAAAC are optimistic that decriminalisation in South Australia will make a difference to women’s access to abortion services, as there are specific features in the SA law that, once removed, will enable simple and effective change straight away. Broader change, however, they believe will take ongoing work (e.g. getting GPs and community health care to offer early medical abortion in rural and remote areas).

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/south-australia-new-abortion-bill-tabled-in-south-australia-no-qualifications-no-upper-time-limits-no-abortion-specific-regulations-at-all/

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Australia – ‘Cruel, archaic, degrading’: NSW only state where abortion is criminal

'Cruel, archaic, degrading': NSW only state where abortion is criminal

By Kate Aubusson
11 December 2018

NSW abortion laws have been denounced as “archaic, cruel and degrading” by doctors, lawyers, community services as opposition leader Michael Daley says he would consult the women in his life before voting on any legislation to decriminalise abortion.

NSW is the only state in Australia where abortion is still a criminal offence after Queensland's Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in October.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cruel-archaic-degrading-nsw-only-state-where-abortion-is-criminal-20181210-p50la4.html

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Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today

Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today

By Felicity Caldwell
3 December 2018

Queensland women seeking a pregnancy termination will be shielded from protesters from Monday, as abortion law reform comes into effect.

From Monday, abortion will no longer be a crime and women will be able to have a termination on request up to 22 weeks, or after that gestation with consent from two doctors.

Continued: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/protesters-banned-from-queensland-abortion-clinics-from-today-20181203-p50jt5.html

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Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

By Alexandra Humphries
Thu Nov 22, 2018

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey wants free abortions for low-income women, and greater availability of pregnancy termination drugs.

Last week, the Government revealed Melbourne-based surgical termination provider Hampton Park Women's Health Care would begin performing procedures from the end of this month, after nearly a year without an abortion clinic in the state.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-23/sue-hickey-calls-for-free-abortions-in-tasmania/10547082

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Queensland – LNP moderates warn of ‘rum rebellion’ if trio who backed abortion rights disendorsed

LNP moderates warn of 'rum rebellion' if trio who backed abortion rights disendorsed
Meeting in Bundaberg could open up longstanding schisms in merged party

Ben Smee
Fri 16 Nov 2018

Queensland Liberal National party moderates have warned of a “rum rebellion” if the party’s state council meeting in Bundaberg this weekend takes action against three MPs who voted for abortion rights.

Three state MPs from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – Tim Nicholls, Steve Minnikin and Jann Stuckey – could be disendorsed for supporting a bill to decriminalise abortion last month.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/17/lnp-moderates-warn-of-rum-rebellion-if-trio-who-backed-abortion-rights-disendorsed

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