Australia: A Woman’s Abortion Conviction Is An Unexpected Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

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A Woman’s Abortion Conviction Is An Unexpected Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

by Sam Langford
16 August 2017

Legal experts say that a Sydney woman’s conviction for taking abortion drugs is almost unheard of in NSW, and that the surprising case highlights the urgent need for abortion law reform.

In a judgment handed down on July 5 in Blacktown Local Court, Magistrate Geoff Hiatt found a woman who self-administered drugs to abort her pregnancy guilty of a criminal offence. The maximum penalty for the offence is 10 years imprisonment but as it was dealt with summarily in a local court the convicted woman faces a maximum two year sentence.

Continued at source: Junkee: http://junkee.com/sydney-abortion-conviction-unexpected/118317

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Australia: Abortion reform ‘unfinished business’

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Abortion reform 'unfinished business'

August 16, 2017
Lisa Martin
Australian Associated Press

Queensland and NSW may have female state leaders, but it's still a potentially jailable offence for women to have an abortion in those states.

Federal Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek has made the case for Australia to address its "unfinished business on reproductive health" while delivering the Emily's List oration in Canberra on Wednesday night.

"Having an abortion is a criminal act in both Queensland and New South Wales - that means it's a crime for half the women in Australia," Ms Plibersek said, noting a Brisbane couple were prosecuted for purchasing abortion drugs in 2010 and last month a woman was prosecuted in New South Wales.

Continued at source: News.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abortion-reform-unfinished-business/news-story/f08036b1fef580335be2b72beed7e9d9

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New Zealand: AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

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AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A member of Auckland University Students’ Association has put up a question as to whether anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia group ProLife Auckland should be disaffiliated from AUSA. The question also asks whether all groups with similiar ideology should be disallowed from seeking affiliation. A discussion is being held on the issue tomorrow, and a referendum is planned to take place next week. ProLife Auckland say the question is biased and next week's planned vote represents a threat to free speech.

We spoke to both AUSA President, Will Matthews, and the Co-president of ProLife Auckland, Jelena Middleton, about the situation.

Continued at source: 95bFM: http://www.95bfm.com/bcast/ausa-to-vote-on-disaffiliating-anti-abortion-group

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Australia: ‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

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‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

Daniel Emerson
Monday, 14 August 2017

Health Minister Roger Cook has made the case for “safe access zones” banning protests around abortion clinics, setting the scene for a bruising ideological brawl in the lead-up to Labor’s State conference.

The Left’s powerful United Voice faction has thrown its weight behind a suite of women’s health policies by a new internal group called WA Labor for Choice, which includes free, taxpayer-funded abortions anywhere in the State.

Continued at source: The West Australian: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/labors-abortion-protest-row-ng-b88566347z

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Australia: Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

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Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

Michaela Whitbourn
August 14 2017

A Sydney woman who bought pills on the internet to abort her child after her boyfriend urged her to terminate the pregnancy has been prosecuted for self-administering a drug to procure a miscarriage.

In a decision on July 5, made public on Monday, Local Court magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt said the woman, who was 28 at the time, had a "clear intent to procure a miscarriage".

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-woman-prosecuted-for-taking-abortion-drug-20170814-gxvoqd.html

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Australia: This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard

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This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard
"It can be a difficult place for patients to access contraception, let alone abortion."

Posted on August 07, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Renata lives in Inverell, a “small country town” in rural New South Wales where “everyone knows everyone”.

In 2009 she fell pregnant unexpectedly.

“We had only been together for about seven weeks and things were already going south in the relationship at that point,” Renata, who asked for us not to use her real name for privacy reasons, told BuzzFeed News.

“I was 19-years-old and I was really scared about going to my family GP because I thought it would get back to my parents.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/getting-an-abortion-outside-of-a-major-city

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New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

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Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

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New Zealand: Antiquated abortion law a $20 million ‘box ticking exercise’

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Antiquated abortion law a $20 million ‘box ticking exercise’
Monday 10th July 2017
The decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand will save the taxpayer millions, a leading doctor says.

The Government has forked out more than $20 million since 2012 paying specialist doctors to sign off on abortions.

But one specialist has called the process “cruel”, and says a 40-year-old law necessitating the exercise needs to change.

Under the Crimes Act, it is illegal for a woman to have an abortion in New Zealand unless it has been approved by two highly-paid specialist doctors, called certifying consultants.

Continued at source: The Wireless: http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/antiquated-abortion-law-a-20-million-box-ticking-exercise

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New Zealand: Certifying consultant comes out in support of abortion rights

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Certifying consultant comes out in support of abortion rights
Tuesday, 4 July, 2017

A certifying consultant, Dr Helen Paterson, has told the Abortion Supervisory Committee she now supports abortion rights, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says.

Dr Paterson’s disclosure challenges s 30(5) of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977, which directs the Abortion Supervisory Committee not to appoint certifying consultants who believe abortion should be a matter between a patient and their doctor.

ALRANZ National President Terry Bellamak says Dr Paterson is now a member of ALRANZ.

Continued at source: Voxy: http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/5/287045

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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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