Abortion Now Legal Across Australia

Abortion Now Legal Across Australia

By Phil Mercer
September 26, 2019

SYDNEY - A bill to decriminalize abortion in the only Australian state where it has been illegal was enacted by lawmakers in New South Wales Thursday. Supporters say the “historic” legislation is a “massive step forward for women,” but Catholic leaders believe it was a “dark day” for the state of New South Wales.

Following a marathon debate and weeks of protest, abortion is no longer a crime in Australia’s most populous state.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/abortion-now-legal-across-australia


Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law

Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law

By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Thu September 26, 2019

(CNN)Abortion has now been decriminalized in almost all of Australia after the country's most populous state voted to overturn a 119-year-old law.

On Thursday, lawmakers in New South Wales -- which is home to Sydney -- voted to pass a bill that decriminalizes abortion and makes terminations available to people who are less than 22 weeks pregnant.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/26/asia/abortion-australia-decriminalized-intl-hnk/


Abortion decriminalised in NSW after mammoth debate

Abortion decriminalised in NSW after mammoth debate
There were emotional scenes in parliament as abortion was decriminalised in NSW. But the state’s Premier was nowhere to be seen.

Jodie Stephens and Dominica Sanda, AAP
September 26, 2019

NSW parliament has passed laws decriminalising abortion, more than a century after it was included in the state’s criminal code — but the state’s premier was nowhere to be seen in the chamber this morning.

Overnight, the NSW Upper House finally passed the bill and this morning the Lower House approved its amendments.

Continued: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/pregnancy/nsw-abortion-bill-passes-upper-house/news-story/ccbeffca6eb14a027c5ed2321e6a9820


Abortion decriminalised in NSW after bill passes last hurdle

Abortion decriminalised in NSW after bill passes last hurdle

By Alexandra Smith
Updated September 26, 2019

NSW will become the final state in the country to remove abortion from the Crimes Act after the contentious bill passed its last hurdle on Thursday morning.

The amended bill appeased conservative MPs, securing Premier Gladys Berejiklian's majority which was under threat after rebel MPs warned they could defect.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/abortion-decriminalised-in-nsw-after-bill-passes-last-hurdle-20190926-p52v2q.html


NSW becomes last Australian state to decriminalise abortion

NSW becomes last Australian state to decriminalise abortion

The move to decriminalise brings Australia's most populous state in line with the rest of the country.
Sept 25, 2019

Abortion has been decriminalised in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales after weeks of contentious debate, bringing its laws into line with the rest of the country.

Politicians from across the political spectrum voted on Thursday to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and had left women and their doctors at risk of prosecution and a prison term of up to 10 years if an abortion was deemed "unlawful".

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/nsw-australian-state-decriminalise-abortion-190926025614640.html


Australia – Scott Morrison targeted in anonymous leaflets over NSW abortion bill

Scott Morrison targeted in anonymous leaflets over NSW abortion bill
Flyer repeats series of false claims about the abortion reform bill currently the subject of a conscience vote in the NSW upper house

Paul Karp
Tue 24 Sep 2019

Anonymously authored anti-abortion leaflets in Canberra have targeted Scott Morrison for remaining “silent” while states including New South Wales have pushed to decriminalise abortion.

The flyer – which is not authorised but is marked as from the End Violence Against Unborn Babies Coalition – is almost identical to one targeting the Berejiklian government with inflammatory rhetoric comparing abortion to murder in Nazi concentration camps.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/25/scott-morrison-targeted-in-anonymous-leaflets-over-nsw-abortion-bill


Australia – Young Liberals back Berejiklian’s handling of abortion bill

Young Liberals back Berejiklian's handling of abortion bill

By Alexandra Smith
September 23, 2019

The Young Liberals' have overwhelming backed Gladys Berejiklian's handling of the abortion bill, moving a motion in support of the Premier at their annual convention on the weekend.

After the Premier stared down a spill threat from three disgruntled conservative MPs last week, the youth wing moved a motion supporting her decision to allow a conscience vote on abortion.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/young-liberals-back-berejiklian-s-handling-of-abortion-bill-20190922-p52tpf.html


NSW upper house continues to debate key abortion bill changes

NSW upper house continues to debate key abortion bill changes
MPs are debating more than 30 amendments to the controversial bill to decriminalise abortion

Australian Associated Press
Wed 18 Sep 2019

The New South Wales upper house has passed an amendment to a bill decriminalising abortion that clarifies that doctors must provide appropriate care to babies born alive after a termination.

The Nationals MP Niall Blair, who introduced the amendment on Wednesday, said he wished he wasn’t moving it at all and it was disappointing that MPs had to codify what already existed.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/18/nsw-upper-house-continues-to-debate-key-abortion-bill-changes


USA – As a disabled woman, my abortion wasn’t questioned—but my pregnancy was

As a disabled woman, my abortion wasn’t questioned—but my pregnancy was

By Nicole Lee
September 18, 2019

Women’s reproductive rights are a tough enough topic for any female-identifying person in the 21st century. For the disability community though, they raise a whole different set of issues.

Women with disabilities and reproductive rights haven’t always gone hand in hand. For many of us, our bodies have been abused by people around us. From intimate partners to careless support workers and the medical profession, we’ve had our motherhood dissected, stripped bare, doubted, and questioned.

Continued: https://qz.com/1710043/being-disabled-my-abortion-wasnt-questioned-but-my-pregnancy-was/


Amendment Rejected As NSW Abortion Bill Debate Continues

Amendment Rejected As NSW Abortion Bill Debate Continues

Tue 17 Sep 2019

Debate has continued into the night on proposed amendments to the controversial bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW.

The upper house began debating amendments to the bill on Tuesday afternoon following the threat of a leadership spill against Premier Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the private member's bill.

In its current form, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 would allow terminations up to 22 weeks as well as later abortions if two doctors agree.

Continued: https://10daily.com.au/news/a190917tfjdm/amendment-rejected-as-nsw-abortion-bill-debate-continues-20190917