Australia: A health issue, not a crime: it’s time to scrap outdated abortion laws

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A health issue, not a crime: it's time to scrap outdated abortion laws
Archaic abortion laws are still oppressing women in Australia. We should finally step up to medical developments and social expectations

Caroline de Costa, Heather Douglas
Saturday 24 June 2017

On Wednesday the Queensland law reform commission (QLRC) received a reference to consider how Queensland should amend laws relating to termination of pregnancy and remove abortion offences from the criminal code. The QLRC has 12 months to report on how to repeal these archaic Queensland laws dating back to 1861.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/24/a-health-issue-not-a-its-time-to-scrap-outdated-abortion-laws

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Australia: ‘Pretty tense’: What it’s like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

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'Pretty tense': What it's like to run the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters

June 6 2017
Amelia Paxman

When Bridget Dominic booked an appointment at a Sydney clinic in November 2015, she didn't expect to have to contend with a cluster of anti-abortion protesters standing outside.

Bridget wasn't having an abortion – she was getting an IUD inserted at the clinic, which specialises in terminations but offers a range of other gynaecological services.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/pretty-tense-what-its-like-to-run-the-gauntlet-of-antiabortion-protesters-20170605-gwkqbr.html

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Australia: ‘Just not good enough’: Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

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'Just not good enough': Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

Adam Holmes
5 Jun 2017

A CENTRAL Victorian mental health social worker believes Bendigo is in clear need of greater women’s health services that allow women to access abortion without encountering resistance from medical staff.

Her call comes as a second woman told the Bendigo Advertiser of her frustration in trying to access abortion services in Bendigo this year.
Continued at source: Bendigo Advertiser: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4709869/abortion-experience-leaves-woman-horrified/

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Australia: Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare

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Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare
Adam Holmes

3 Jun 2017

AMY* was left close to tears when she found out she was pregnant late last year.

The Bendigo woman, in her 20s, had taken all precautions with her partner to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Struggling to find long-term employment and a stable income, the imminent possibility of bringing a child into the world could not have come at a worse time.

Continued at link: The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com.au/story/4705743/barriers-to-abortion-a-concern-for-women/?cs=4172

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Australian Lawmakers Vote No on Legal Abortion Law

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Australian Lawmakers Vote No on Legal Abortion Law
In New South Wales, abortion is punishable with 10 years in prison.

Laura Bannister
Jun 2, 2017

Last month, members of the New South Wales Parliament in Australia voted against a bill that would decriminalize abortion, which has been an offense under the state’s Crimes Act since 1900. The law reform bill — which had been brought forward by Member of Parliament Mehreen Faruqi of the Greens Party — was swiftly defeated in the upper house, 25 to 14. The reigning Liberal-National government (broadly defined as center-right conservatives) were given a conscience vote, meaning they could break with their party’s pro-life position if they chose. None did. According to The Guardian, members of the public, who watched the proceedings from the open gallery above, hollered “SHAME!” when results of the conscience vote were revealed.

Continued at source: Teen Vogue: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/australian-lawmakers-vote-no-legal-abortion

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Australia: I’m not giving up my fight to decriminalise abortion in NSW

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I'm not giving up my fight to decriminalise abortion in NSW

Mehreen Faruqi
May 30 2017

Earlier this month, the Upper House of NSW Parliament voted down a bill to take abortion offences out of the NSW Crimes Act of 1900.

Reactions from supporters of this reform have ranged from shock to anger and embarrassment. For many in the community, it was hard to believe that in the year 2017 a majority of the members of parliament refused to overturn an archaic, outdated law that criminalises women and doctors for a medical procedure.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/opinion/im-not-giving-up-my-fight-to-decriminalise-abortion-in-nsw-20170529-gwfkw0.html

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Australia: Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

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Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli opposes Greens abortion reform as debate turns ugly

Oliver Jacques
29 May 2017

Prominent Griffith businesswoman Anne Napoli has spoken out against NSW Greens moves to soften the state's abortion laws.

Her comments come after Greens supporters hung NSW MPs' photos attached to coat hangers outside NSW parliament - photos of the 25 members who voted down a Greens abortion reform bill. .

Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi said her bill was about decriminalising abortion.

Continued at source: The Area News: http://www.areanews.com.au/story/4692449/abortion-debate-turns-ugly/

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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform
May 26, 2017

The Queensland Government should demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission a coalition of legal, medical and community groups said today.

Sunday 28 May marks the International Day of Action on Women’s Health. The day also signals three months since the government committed to this referral which would be a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland.

Kate Marsh from Children by Choice said, “On this International Day of Action, we’re calling on the Attorney General Yvette D’Arth to act on abortion law reform and make this referral a priority.”

Continued at source: Human Rights Law Center: https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/2017/5/25/groups-urge-queensland-attorneygeneral-to-act-on-abortion-law-reform

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Australia: Protesters Are Using Coat Hangers To Name And Shame The MPs Who Voted Against Abortion Reform

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Protesters Are Using Coat Hangers To Name And Shame The MPs Who Voted Against Abortion Reform
by Matilda Dixon-Smith
25 May 2017

Protesters are fighting back after NSW parliament voted down a bid to decriminalise abortion across the state earlier this month. Gathered outside NSW parliament yesterday, the group hung 25 coat hangers, each one attached to a photo of a politician who voted against the Greens’ bill that would have removed abortion from the NSW Crimes Act. The coat hangers were hung on the parliament fence alongside a pink banner that read “Never Again”.

Along with the hangers — which were displayed in full view of Macquarie Street in Sydney where NSW Parliament resides — the protesters were chanting, “No back alleys in the night, for safe abortions we will fight!”. Their protest follows on from the larger scale pro-choice protests, which took place outside Parliament House the day the bill was debated, where protesters shouted “Shame! Shame!” when news of the defeat reached them.

Continued at source: Junkee: http://junkee.com/protestors-nsw-abortion-reform/106304

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Australia Has A Case Of Deja Vu When It Comes To Abortion Law Reform

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Australia Has A Case Of Deja Vu When It Comes To Abortion Law Reform
Two states have rejected abortion decriminalisation this year.

Posted on May 16, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

All members of the NSW Liberal-National coalition voted against the legislation, which would also have established safe access zones around hospitals and clinics where the procedure is available.

In February, a similar bill was withdrawn from Queensland's parliament the day before it was due to be debated after every member of that state's Liberal-National Party vowed to vote against it.

Here is how decriminalisation similarly failed in both states:

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/australia-has-a-case-of-deja-vu-when-it-comes-to-abortion

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