Abortion in Australia: what are the laws in each state?

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Abortion in Australia: what are the laws in each state?
As abortion law reform is discussed in Argentina and Ireland voted earlier this year to liberalise some of the world's most restrictive laws, SBS News takes a look at the state of play closer to home.

Aug 8, 2018
By Kelsey Munro

Australia’s abortion laws are complicated, with different rules governing women’s access to the procedure in each state and territory.

Recent research in NSW showed 73 percent of people supported a woman’s right to a legal abortion, and 76 percent of respondents were surprised to learn that abortion remained criminalised in NSW.

It also does in Queensland and South Australia, with exceptions.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/abortion-in-australia-what-are-the-laws-in-each-state

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Australia – Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania

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Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania
Minister’s announcement comes after Cricket Australia accused of sacking staffer who criticised government’s lack of abortion services

Australian Associated Press
Sun 5 Aug 2018

Tasmanian women will be able to access surgical abortions, with a private provider to begin offering the procedure later in the year.

It follows outrage over the sacking of Cricket Australia staffer Angela Williamson after she criticised the Liberal state government for a void of abortion services.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/05/private-surgical-abortion-provider-to-open-in-tasmania

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“Is this Australia? Is this 2018?”

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"Is this Australia? Is this 2018?"

Alex Bruce-Smith
2018-07-30

The woman fired by Cricket Australia (CA) for tweeting about abortion has started a petition calling for safe, affordable and legal access to the fundamental service.

Angela Williamson, 39, became one of the first Tasmanians forced to travel interstate for an abortion, after the last centre closed late last year.

Continued: https://tendaily.com.au/news/australia/a180730fel/thousands-sign-abortion-petition-from-woman-sacked-by-cricket-australia-20180730

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Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman for abortion rights tweets

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Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman for abortion rights tweets
Angela Williamson called Tasmanian Liberals ‘gutless’ on reproductive health access

Luke Henriques-Gomes
Mon 30 Jul 2018

A former Cricket Australia employee alleges she was sacked because she campaigned for improved abortion rights in Tasmania and criticised the state Liberal government on social media.

Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/30/woman-cricket-australia-sacked-abortion-rights-tweets

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Australia – ‘For speaking up, I lost my job’: Cricket Australia employee claims she was sacked after posting a series of tweets calling for abortion reform

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'For speaking up, I lost my job': Cricket Australia employee claims she was sacked after posting a series of tweets calling for abortion reform

By Sam Lock For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 29 July 2018

A former Cricket Australia employee has claimed she was fired over a series of tweets campaigning for abortion reform.

Angela Williamson claims she was terminated from her position as public policy and government relations manager in June over concerns she had insulted the Tasmanian government.

Continued: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6004373/Former-Cricket-Australia-employee-claims-sacked-posting-tweets-abortion-reform.html

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Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say

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Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say

ABC Capricornia
By Megan Hendry and Amy McCosker
July 25, 2018

Pro-choice advocates have thrown their support behind proposed changes to Queensland's abortion laws, saying it will give women in regional and remote areas better access to services.

Women in a large parts of north and west Queensland have limited access to abortion services and have been forced to travel vast distances to Rockhampton, Townsville or even interstate, according to not-for-profit abortion service provider, Marie Stopes Australia.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-26/abortion-laws-will-improve-access-for-regional-and-remote-women/10004142

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Queensland moves to decriminalise abortion within months

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Queensland moves to decriminalise abortion within months
Fierce debate looms, with no guarantee legislation to allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to 22 weeks will pass

Ben Smee
Mon 16 Jul 2018

Abortion would be removed from the Queensland criminal code under legislation that will be brought before the state parliament next month.

As revealed by Guardian Australia on Saturday, the proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Government MPs will be allowed a conscience vote, while the opposition Liberal National party has said it will scrutinise the detail before deciding how to proceed. The bill will be tabled in August, with a vote expected in October.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/16/queensland-decriminalise-abortion-within-months

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‘Young and terrified’: the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions

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'Young and terrified': the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions
Exclusive: An 1899 criminal code has required many women who need the procedure to travel interstate

Ben Smee
Sat 14 Jul 2018

More than 60 women from far north Queensland have been forced to go interstate to have abortions, often to Sydney, in the first six months of 2018.

Other women from regional parts of Queensland, where abortion remains a criminal offence under the 1899 criminal code, have taken round trips of up to 2,600km to undergo procedures, health professionals and support workers have told Guardian Australia.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/young-and-terrified-the-queensland-women-forced-to-go-interstate-for-abortions

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

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Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review

By Kirrin McKechnie
Thu Jun 28, 2018

A highly anticipated Queensland Law Reform Commission (LRC) report examining whether abortion should be decriminalised will be handed to the State Government by tomorrow, amid strong expectations within the ALP that change will come.

Under laws written in 1899, abortion is still a criminal offence in Queensland.

The State Government charged the LRC with investigating ways to modernise abortion laws and requested it include draft legislation based on its recommendations.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/abortion-queensland-change-law-reform-commission-report/9859910

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Australia – Senator’s ‘cruel’ abortion motion defeated

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Senator's 'cruel' abortion motion defeated

Jun 25, 2018

A crossbench senator has been labelled cruel and insensitive over his push to condemn abortion safe zones in NSW.

Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning said NSW had followed the "socialist state" of Victoria by passing laws to provide 150 metre safe zones outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment.

His Senate motion condemning NSW parliament for passing the bill was defeated 34-17, with government senators given a conscience vote.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/25/16/35/senator-s-cruel-abortion-motion-defeated

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