Australia – Why conservatives are not making a fuss over Labor’s abortion policy

Why conservatives are not making a fuss over Labor's abortion policy

By Laura Tingle
Mar 13, 2019

Video (43 sec): Tanya Plibersek says there's been "a very big change in the Labor Party" regarding attitudes to abortion. (ABC News)

Last week, something extraordinary happened in federal politics and went virtually unmentioned.

The Australian Labor Party announced a policy that would have once been regarded as high-risk politics at the least.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-14/conservatives-arent-making-a-fuss-over-labors-abortion-policy/10893662

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Australia – Labor’s abortion policy: all the issues explained

Labor's abortion policy: all the issues explained
The opposition’s plan to allow open up sexual health services to more women raises key questions about access, cost and state laws

Josephine Tovey
Thu 7 Mar 2019

Labor has announced a national sexual and reproductive health strategy to improve access to contraception and abortion. A major plank of this policy is to “support all women to access termination services in public hospitals”, raising a number of crucial questions:
What has Labor announced?

As part of the broader package, Labor this week announced that if they’re elected, they would work to ensure abortion is provided “consistently” in public hospitals throughout Australia.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/07/labors-abortion-policy-all-the-issues-explained

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New Zealand – Abort the stigma: Why talking about your abortion helps make it safer for everyone

Abort the stigma: Why talking about your abortion helps make it safer for everyone

Terry Bellamak | Guest writer
Mar 6, 2019

Today is Ash Wednesday, when the annual 40 Days for Life anti-abortion campaign kicks off. This year, explains ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak, the pro-choice counter-protest has a new focus: breaking the silence.

A large majority of New Zealanders trust women and pregnant people to decide for themselves whether to receive abortion care. Only the people involved understand what is best for themselves and their families. Everyone deserves the freedom to decide whether and when to become a parent.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/06-03-2019/abort-the-stigma-why-talking-about-your-abortion-helps-make-it-safer-for-everyone/

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Australia – Abortion back on agenda in NSW as decriminalisation push gathers pace

Abortion back on agenda in NSW as decriminalisation push gathers pace
Labor, Greens and key independent signal they will pursue changes to Crimes Act

Josephine Tovey
Wed 6 Mar 2019

Abortion decriminalisation is likely to be back on the agenda in the next New South Wales parliament, with Labor, the Greens and a key independent signalling they will pursue it.

On Wednesday federal Labor announced a national sexual and reproductive rights strategy to improve access to contraceptives and abortion, and vowed to work with the states on decriminalisation.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/07/abortion-back-on-agenda-in-nsw-as-decriminalisation-push-gathers-pace

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Australia – Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election

Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election
PM says debate does not ‘unite Australians’ after Labor promises to require public hospitals to provide services

Paul Karp
Wed 6 Mar 2019

Scott Morrison has blasted Labor for raising the issue of publicly funded abortions just before an election, saying he did not believe the discussion to be “good for the country”.

The prime minister said the issue was better left to the states and territories to decide and he was “disappointed” the opposition had announced its policy “in a very politically charged context”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/06/labor-require-public-hospitals-abortion-services

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Australia – Law Reform Institute to consider abortion law reform

Law Reform Institute to consider abortion law reform

26.02.2019
Vickie Chapman MP

South Australia’s independent Law Reform Institute based at Adelaide of University has been asked by the State Government to consider changes to the State’s abortion laws with a view to improve access and modernise the practice in the State and with a view to making abortion a regulated medical procedure under health legislation as opposed to a criminal law issue.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the move was being undertaken as part of a broader review of abortion laws in South Australia, taking into account the wide views of the community.

Continued: https://premier.sa.gov.au/news/law-reform-institute-to-consider-abortion-law-reform

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New Zealand- New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

New research presented to law makers in abortion reform debate

Hannah Martin
Feb 17 2019

A prominent lawyer is calling on the government to provide better systemic support for women, to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

New Australian research - co-authored by Christchurch barrister and senior lecturer Rhonda Powell - seeks to remind policymakers of the complex reasons women seek abortions and has been presented to NZ lawmakers.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110574920/new-research-presented-to-law-makers-in-abortion-reform-debate

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Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

By Kieran Jorgensen
17/02/2019

Abortion laws around Australia differ radically, thanks to each state and territory having its own legislative body and legal code. In almost all states (with the exception of NSW) abortions are legal, although sometimes restricted. In NSW there are numerous exceptions to performing abortions being a crime, with the effect that the procedure is functionally accessible.

Continued: https://bestinau.com.au/abortion-laws-in-the-different-states-and-territories-in-australia/

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Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

By Rebecca Puddy
Posted Feb 7, 2019

Anti-abortion campaigners say they have been ordered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) to stop letterboxing flyers and driving a mobile billboard around Adelaide.

The ECSA's decision comes ahead of Saturday's by-election in Cheltenham and Enfield. It follows legislation being introduced to Parliament late last year to remove abortion from the state's crimes act.

Continued; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/anti-abortion-campaign-ordered-to-stop-ahead-of-by-election/10785096

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Victoria’s Anti-Abortion Doctors Risk Breaking Laws, Study Finds

Victoria's Anti-Abortion Doctors Risk Breaking Laws, Study Finds
Doctors who object to abortion stand accused of failing their legal obligations to women seeking termination.

Jessica Leahy
February 1, 2019

Abortion was decriminalised Victoria in 2008 but since then health practitioners have held on to the right to conscientiously object to carrying out abortions so long as they refer women on to a health expert who does not object.

But, according to a University of Melbourne-led study, some of the state’s anti-abortion professionals are breaking the law by subjecting women to tactical delays that flout Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008.

Continued: https://www.whimn.com.au/talk/victorias-antiabortion-doctors-risk-breaking-laws-study-finds/news-story/6ee271bc3d8b8932b7f96504fe9f2cc5

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