Australia: A health issue, not a crime: it’s time to scrap outdated abortion laws

0

A health issue, not a crime: it's time to scrap outdated abortion laws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at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/24/a-health-issue-not-a-its-time-to-scrap-outdated-abortion-laws

Read more

New Zealand: Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

0

Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

RACHEL THOMAS
June 20 2017

Women in their teens are having fewer abortions than women in their early thirties.

Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one of the reasons why.

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/93863272/contraceptives-education-hailed-as-heroes-as-abortion-rates-lowest-in-25-years

Read more

New Zealand: Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion

0

Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion
June 19, 2017

Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death.© Getty Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death. Despite New Zealand's abortion rate falling to its lowest in 25 years, there is still a need to reform laws that make abortion a crime, a lobby group says.

The country's abortion rate fell to 12,823 last year, down from 13,155 in 2015, Statistics NZ revealed on Monday.

Continued at source: MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/fresh-calls-to-decriminalise-abortion/ar-BBCTVHx

Read more

New Zealand: Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years

0

Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years
19 Jun, 2017

Abortions have dropped to the lowest rate in over 25 years.

The general abortion rate - abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44 - was 13.5 per 1000 women in 2016, down from 14.2 in 2015.

Statistics NZ reported that the abortion rates for younger women have fallen significantly in recent years whereas the rate has stayed the same for older women.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879064

Read more

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

0

'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

Read more

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

0

'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/

Read more

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

0

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

Read more

Australian Lawmakers Vote No on Legal Abortion Law

0

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

Read more

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

0

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

Read more

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

0

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/

Read more