Australia: Anti-Abortion Campaigners Are Calling Queenslanders To Say “Babies Will Die” If They Vote A Certain Way

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Anti-Abortion Campaigners Are Calling Queenslanders To Say "Babies Will Die" If They Vote A Certain Way

"If Labor is re-elected more and more babies will never be born," the recorded calls claim.

Posted on November 18, 2017
Gina Rushton

Queenslander Chris Wright's landline is private but this week she answered the phone to a pre-recorded message.

The voice urged her to put the Labor government last at the state's upcoming election or else "more and more babies will never be born".

"It was just despicable and I'm so annoyed," the 57-year-old told BuzzFeed News.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/anti-abortion-campaigners-are-calling-queenslanders-and?utm_term=.hpXqp0m4GB#.whoMbaYp3d

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Australia: Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

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Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

"The person you vote for could determine whether or not abortion remains in the Criminal Code in Queensland."
Posted on November 18, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
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Women dressed in striking red robes and white winged bonnets will protest around Queensland ahead of the state election next Saturday, to remind voters that whether or not abortion remains a crime under state law will be decided by whoever wins at the polls.

The protesters are dressed like the handmaids in TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood classic in which fertile women are denied bodily autonomy and forced to carry pregnancies against their will.

They will call for those running in the election to join more than 140 candidates who have signed a pro-choice pledge, which is run by independent lobby group Fair Agenda and backed by The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/women-dressed-as-handmaids-are-protesting-queenslands?utm_term=.wwNV5eMXAv#.mnJ3pMqxwo

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New Zealand: This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

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This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

One candidate believes abortion is "state-sanctioned coercion".
Posted on November 09, 2017, 21:23 GMT
Gina Rushton

Whether or not abortion remains a crime in Queensland will likely be decided by who is elected to government on November 25.

In February independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne withdrew bills to decriminalise abortion in Queensland a day before they were due to be debated in parliament, after Liberal National Party opposition leader Tim Nicholls vowed that “every single member” of his party would vote down the legislation.

The legislation would have failed, as Labor MPs had been given a conscience vote on the issue, and other independents had indicated their opposition to abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/abortion-is-becoming-an-election-issue-in-queensland

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Australia: A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

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A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

"She has had obstetricians and gynaecologists testify to a tribunal that this pregnancy could result in her death, but the tribunal is still not satisfied that the pregnancy is a risk to her health."

Posted on September 04, 2017
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

A Queensland woman who applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy has been denied an abortion because a tribunal ruled she did "not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her diagnosed mental illness".

The pregnant 33-year-old was jailed at the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in June for breaching bail conditions involving drug use. She has since been living at a mental health facility where she is receiving treatment for schizophrenia.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/a-pregnant-schizophrenic-prisoner-has-been-denied-an

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Australia: Prisoner with schizophrenia has bid for termination of twins rejecte

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Prisoner with schizophrenia has bid for termination of twins rejected

By Isobel Roe
September 03, 2017

A reproductive rights group has raised concerns about Queensland's health system after a mentally ill prisoner with a drug problem was barred from having an abortion.

The 33-year-old woman, referred to by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) as "QDB", applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy at 20 weeks because she did not want anymore children.

Continued at source: ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/prisoner-abortion-denied-mental-health-grounds/8866696

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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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Australia: This Woman’s Doctor Refused Her Abortion Because She Was “Meant To Be A Mother”

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This Woman’s Doctor Refused Her Abortion Because She Was “Meant To Be A Mother”
"His response horrified me."

Posted on April 09, 2017, 04:06 GMT
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Adelaide financial advisor Tamsyn*, 46, fell pregnant while using the contraceptive pill at age 31 and living in Queensland, where abortion remains in the criminal code.

The procedure is only lawful in Queensland if performed so as to “prevent serious danger to the woman’s physical or mental health” but around 14,000 terminations take place there every year involving women who meet the criteria or have doctors who are willing to say they do.

"I knew immediately that I couldn't have a baby, I needed an abortion," Tamsyn told BuzzFeed News.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-womans-doctor-refused-her-abortion

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Australia: Queensland MPs must seize the moment on abortion

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Queensland MPs must seize the moment on abortion
February 26 2017
by Emily Howie and Kate Marsh

Queensland MPs stand at a crossroads when it comes to the state's abortion laws, but one thing is abundantly clear: the status quo is unacceptable. New polling released this week shows overwhelming public support for women's right to choose abortion in Queensland and that voters are turned off by MPs who support criminalising abortion.

Queensland's MPs currently have a unique opportunity to modernise the state's abortion laws. This law reform is vital because the crime of abortion remains in Queensland's Criminal Code, right in between "incest" and "indecent acts". Under the Code, women and doctors risk 7 to 14 years imprisonment for procuring an abortion.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/queensland-mps-must-seize-the-moment-on-abortion-20170226-guls2w.html

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Australia: No agreement on Qld abortion bill

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No agreement on Qld abortion bill
8:06pm February 17, 2017

The LNP members of a Queensland parliamentary committee tasked with investigating a bill to decriminalise abortion have expressed their reservations about the legislation.

The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Committee handed down its report into independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne's controversial bill on Friday afternoon.

Continued at source: 9news: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/02/17/12/45/respectful-abortion-debate-needed-premier

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Australia: Abortion access in Queensland is about to get even harder

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November 3 2016, Sydney Morning Herald
by Daisy Dumas

Queensland has the most restrictive abortion legislation in Australia, and the situation is about to get worse.

Marie Stopes International will cease surgical terminations in two of its north Queensland clinics, making abortions even harder to access for a remote population already heavily disadvantaged by geography and socio-economy.

The news, exclusive to Daily Life, is a blow to women in a state where most abortions are still unlawful according to its 1899 criminal code.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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