Australia – Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups

Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups
New South Wales MP pushing for bill that would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus

Michael McGowan
Fri 16 Nov 2018

A bill before the New South Wales parliament, which would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus, would set a “dangerous precedent” and present “a real risk to women’s reproductive rights”, women’s and legal groups have argued.

Five years after it was first introduced, the “Zoe’s law” bill has been revived by the conservative NSW Christian Democrat MP Reverend Fred Nile. But even with pro-choice Nationals MP Trevor Khan seeking a compromise deal, opponents say it could still result in restricted access to abortions in the state.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/17/revived-zoes-law-bill-a-risk-to-womens-abortion-rights-warn-pro-choice-groups

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Australian senator declares himself a woman during clash over abortion

Australian senator declares himself a woman during clash over abortion

By Sean Previl
Nov 16, 2018

A senator in Australia has created controversy following comments in which he “declared [his] gender” to be female in an attempt to shield himself from criticism over his stance on abortion.

National Party Sen. Barry O’Sullivan made the comments in Australian Parliament on Wednesday, saying he was tired of being attacked for his beliefs.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/4670856/australian-senator-declares-himself-woman-abortion/

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Low-cost surgical abortion provider announced for Tasmania

Low-cost surgical abortion provider announced for Tasmania

By Alexandra Humphries
Nov 15, 2018

A low-cost surgical termination provider will open in Hobart from the end of November, but there are concerns over the price of the procedure and accessibility for regional women.

The State Government has revealed the provider, named as Melbourne-based Hampton Park Women's Health Care, will begin taking referrals from Monday.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-16/tasmania-abortion-provider-announced/10505028

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Australia – Clash in upper house over abortion motion

Clash in upper house over abortion motion

Nov 12, 2018

A Greens senator has told a conservative colleague to get his hands off "his rosaries and her ovaries" before the upper house sunk his motion about abortion.

Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan on Monday moved a motion calling for pro-choice activists to be banned from disrupting annual Day of the Unborn Child observations.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/12/16/55/clash-in-upper-house-over-abortion-motion

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Tasmania lags on low-cost abortion service

Tasmania lags on low-cost abortion service
A new Tasmanian low-cost surgical abortion clinic will be available in "coming weeks"; almost a year after the state's dedicated private clinic closed.

Ethan James, Australian Associated Press
November 9, 2018

Tasmanian women remain without access to low-cost surgical abortions almost a year after the state's only dedicated private clinic closed.

The state Liberal government pledged to open a new low-cost abortion service by the end of October but stalled negotiations between the provider and property owner have pushed the date back.

Continued: https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/tasmania-lags-on-lowcost-abortion-service/news-story/bf05fffec78b1b82e3b676c70166dbd7

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Tasmania still without a low-cost abortion facility as Premier is challenged on ‘see your GP’ advic

Tasmania still without a low-cost abortion facility as Premier is challenged on 'see your GP' advice

By state political reporter Rhiana Whitson
Nov 6, 2018

Tasmania's Premier has been unable to guarantee that women will have access to a new low-cost surgical abortion provider by the end of the year, despite the Government previously announcing the service would open in October.

It has been almost a year since the state's only dedicated low-cost surgical abortion clinic closed, citing a drop in demand for services.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-07/hobart-abortion-clinic-return-date-unclear/10472578

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Australia – My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal

My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal
Women are often expected to carry on without recognition for the time it takes to heal - physically and emotionally

Hannah Bambra
Thu 25 Oct 2018

My personal decision to abort was not a straightforward one – I had to consider a whole range of complicated factors. I am decidedly pro-choice, but that stance didn’t make the process itself easier. My abortion was traumatic. A large part of me felt attached to that potential child and I was consumed by grief and crippling depression for months following. There is little to no non-religious space to discuss feeling a sense of loss post-surgery.

A very supportive male colleague of mine approached our CEO to ask if he could pass on some of his sick leave. He knew I was still bleeding and almost out of time for recovery. Not only is this incredibly touching, it illustrates an issue that rarely comes up in this discussion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/25/my-workplace-was-supportive-after-a-traumatic-abortion-this-should-be-normal

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Australia – Three better ways to ‘champion babies’ than protesting abortion

Three better ways to 'champion babies' than protesting abortion

By Clementine Ford
24 October 2018

Last week, the Queensland government finally dragged itself into the modern era when it voted to make access to abortion officially legal.

I say "modern era", but of course there are still legislatures all over the country (and the world) that are languishing in a state of regressive, misogynist policies that deny women and others with reproductive capacity the right to determine when, if and under what circumstances they become parents. New South Wales is one of them. Curiously, South Australia is another – for despite abortion being relatively easy to access in that state (and I should know, I had two there), it’s technically still listed on the criminal code.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/three-better-ways-to-champion-babies-than-protesting-abortion-20181023-p50bhc.html

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Australia – Birth control pills should be available over the counter, advocates say

Birth control pills should be available over the counter, advocates say
But Australian doctors group says plan for easier access to contraceptives raises ‘red flags’

Melissa Davey
Mon 22 Oct 2018

Women’s health and equality groups are at odds with the peak body for doctors as to whether the contraceptive pill should be made available in Australia over the counter.

It follows a commitment by Victoria’s opposition to make the contraceptive pill available over-the-counter from pharmacists if the coalition is elected in November. Under the plan, women would be required to visit their doctor in the first instance but able to obtain future courses of the pill from a pharmacist.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/22/birth-control-pills-should-be-available-over-the-counter-advocates-say

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Australia – Punishing LNP MPs who backed abortion rights could ‘light the fuse’ for demerger

Punishing LNP MPs who backed abortion rights could ‘light the fuse’ for demerger
Warren Entsch, who opposed the merger, says one party cannot represent the diversity of views among members

Ben Smee
Sun 21 Oct 2018

Leading moderates in the Queensland Liberal National party have warned that any recriminations against MPs who supported abortion rights would “light the fuse” for a demerger push.

Three MPs – Tim Nicholls, Steve Minnikin and Jann Stuckey – used their conscience vote in parliament to support the Palaszczuk government’s abortion decriminalisation bill.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/22/punishing-lnp-mps-who-backed-abortion-rights-could-light-the-fuse-for-dermerger

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