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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New Zealand – Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

6 Nov, 2018

Abortion is not a subject most people want to discuss, either as personal experience or as a matter of public policy. New Zealanders who remember our abortion debate of the 1970s probably have no wish to repeat it, but it looks likely the country will need to. The Labour Party wants to remove abortion from the criminal law and treat it as a health matter. Justice Minister Andrew Little has taken the first step, getting advice from the Law Commission on how that might be done.

The debate of 40 years ago ended, as difficult issues often do, in a compromise that satisfied neither side. The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 set out conditions under which abortion could be legally performed in New Zealand. Essentially two doctors had to decide that a pregnancy met one of the conditions under which abortion was permitted on the Crimes Act.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154868

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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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New Zealand – Using illegally imported abortion kits ‘potentially life threatening’

Using illegally imported abortion kits 'potentially life threatening'
A doctor who performs abortions in Christchurch says she's "disturbed" people are illegally importing abortion medicine.

5 November 2018

Last year, 39 "kits" containing abortion medicines mifepristone and/or misoprostol were seized at the border, according to regulator Medsafe. The pills induce miscarriage and are used for early medical abortions for women up to 10 weeks pregnant.

Certifying consultant and abortion provider Dr Pippa Mackay said she was concerned to hear about people importing abortion providing pills they had bought online, when abortions were safe and accessible in New Zealand.

Continued: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/370278/using-illegally-imported-abortion-kits-potentially-life-threatening

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Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform

Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform

Jackie Edmond | Guest writer
Nov 5, 2018
Opinion

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond debunks some of the myths and misinformation around abortion law reform in New Zealand and the changes proposed by the Law Commission.

It’s important to have accurate information to decide how you feel about changing the law on abortion. The problem is, that isn’t always possible online. At Family Planning, we’ve had a number of queries about the law, and we’d like to present what we know to be accurate.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/05-11-2018/separating-fact-from-fiction-on-abortion-law-reform/

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New Zealand – Some pregnancies are in the woman’s best interests. Others are not

Some pregnancies are in the woman's best interests. Others are not

Terry Bellamak
Nov 05 2018

OPINION: Karl du Fresne writes about his confusion that some pregnancies are celebrated and welcomed while others end in abortion.

I can understand why he might find it confusing. Du Fresne focuses his attention and his care solely on the foetus. You have to widen your focus to include the pregnant person's point of view in order to make sense of the matter.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/108343008/some-pregnancies-are-in-the-womans-best-interests-others-are-not

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