Key La Trobe study ‘misrepresented’ in NSW abortion debate ‘gendercide’ claim: Authors

Key La Trobe study ‘misrepresented’ in NSW abortion debate ‘gendercide’ claim: Authors

Aug 22, 2019
Samantha Maiden

The authors of a La Trobe University study being used to bolster the case for a ban on gender-selection abortions in Australia say the research has been “misrepresented” by the media and conservative politicians.

Ugly claims that the decriminalisation of abortion in New South Wales will lead to “gendercide” and a generation of missing girls have raged for weeks, with the La Trobe study often cited as the sole research evidence.

Continued: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/08/22/abortion-debate-nsw-study/

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How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

August 21, 2019
Prudence Flowers

As the abortion decriminalisation bill gradually makes its way through the NSW parliament, opponents have been increasingly drawing on their long relationship with the right-to-life movement in the United States to lobby against the measure and try to push for more restrictive amendments.

This has been a trend in the anti-abortion movement in Australia for a while now. Activists have adopted some of the most successful elements of the US movement’s rhetoric and tactics in recent years in an effort to influence the debate in Australia.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/how-the-us-right-to-life-movement-is-influencing-the-abortion-debate-in-australia-121974

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NSW – Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September

Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September
A vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion had been expected this week but opponents have campaigned furiously against it

Michael McGowan
Tue 20 Aug 2019

Thousands of anti-abortion protesters have rallied outside the NSW parliament after opponents of a bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales successfully delayed a final vote on the legislation until next month.

The parliament’s upper house began debating the reproductive healthcare reform bill on Tuesday, almost two weeks after it passed its first hurdle in the lower chamber.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/20/nsw-abortion-bill-delayed-until-september-amid-liberal-division

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NSW abortion law: the decriminalisation reform bill explained

NSW abortion law: the decriminalisation reform bill explained
Opponents claim the new law will allow sex selection and abortion up until birth. But what does the bill actually do?

Michael McGowan
Mon 19 Aug 2019

In the two weeks since an historic bill removing abortion from the New South Wales criminal code passed its first hurdle in the parliament’s lower house, opponents of the legislation have fought hard to stop it becoming law.

Religious leaders, rightwing MPs and conservative media commentators have all mounted a concerted campaign to derail the legislation ahead of the vote. Opponents claim the bill will allow so-called gender or sex selection and abortion “on demand” up until birth.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/19/nsw-abortion-law-the-decriminalisation-reform-bill-explained

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Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code

Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code
Poll finds 71% of voters support proposal as debate is set to resume in the upper house

By Brinkwire
on August 19, 2019

A majority of voters in New South Wales either strongly support or somewhat support removing abortion from the criminal code, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.

With debate on the proposal set to resume in the upper house, the latest survey shows 71% of voters in the sample support the change (44% strongly and 27% somewhat) with only 17% against the change (8% somewhat oppose and 9% strongly oppose). A total of 12% of those polled were unsure.

Continued: https://en.brinkwire.com/canada/essential-poll-majority-of-nsw-voters-support-removing-abortion-from-criminal-code/

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New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?

New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?

By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Sun August 18, 2019

(CNN) Veronica was 21 years old and scared. It all started with a break-up. Her long-term boyfriend left her for her friend. Heartbroken, she ended up having a one-night stand with an older guy.

After the condom broke, he gave her $20 ($13) for the morning after pill, which doesn't require a prescription in New Zealand. She took it but a month later, in the final semester of her teaching degree, she found out she was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/18/health/new-zealand-abortion-law-change-intl-hnk/index.html

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NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 16, 2019

The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service.

In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request for an abortion was unjustified, according to a report from Stuff Circuit, an investigative reporting group, with data from the NZ Abortion Supervisory Committee.

ALRANZ reports that much of the new bill is great, but not everything. Here are the things Terry Bellamak says the government definitely got right:

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/new-zealand-abortion-law-reform-bill-passes-first-reading-by-wide-margin/

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MEXICO – Bill tabled to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

MEXICO – Bill tabled to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 16, 2091

On 30 July 2019, the governing Morena Party’s parliamentarians’ group has tabled a bill to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, so that women are not criminalised and are guaranteed a safe abortion on the health service. The initiative was led by Deputies Nancy Nápoles Pacheco, María de Jesús Galicia Ramos and María del Rosario Elizalde Vázquez. The bill also includes the provision of comprehensive sexuality education, facilitating access to effective contraceptive methods, prevention campaigns to disseminate information about women’s right to health and health care, and reproductive and sexual rights – as well as the right to privacy and the right to decide.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/mexico-bill-tabled-to-reform-the-criminal-code-to-legalise-abortion-in-the-first-12-weeks-of-pregnancy/

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ARGENTINA – Amnesty Argentina has launched campaign for safe, free, legal abortion in anticipation of national elections

ARGENTINA – Amnesty Argentina has launched campaign for safe, free, legal abortion in anticipation of national elections

Amnesty Argentina has launched a campaign and a website with the hashtag #MiHistoriaCuenta (My story counts) that will disseminate information about how deputies and senators voted in the congressional debate on the abortion bill in 2018 and to share information on the situation of abortion in the country. They argue that it is possible to elect a national Congress committed to a safe abortion law. The website contains an infographic with the following data:

  • In the last 30 years, 1.5 million women have put their health and lives at risk and 3,000 of them have died from unsafe abortions.
  • Complications from unsafe abortions have been the primary cause of maternal mortality in the last 30 years.
  • The risk of low birth weight and premature delivery increases in births among girls and adolescent girls.
  • 7 out of 10 adolescent pregnancies are unintended.
  • 6 out of 10 adolescents do not receive information about preventing pregnancy in school.

Their petition in support of abortion law reform has already gained 200,000 signatures.

SOURCE: El Ciudadano, 31 July 2019 ; http://mihistoriacuenta.org/

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Source: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-amnesty-launched-campaign-for-safe-free-legal-abortion-national-elections/

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NSW – ‘Compassion’ plea in abortion bill debate

'Compassion' plea in abortion bill debate
By AAP
Aug 16, 2019

A NSW upper house committee has under a week to report its findings from an inquiry examining a bill to decriminalise abortion in the state.

The parliamentary committee held hearings in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday before the bill is sent to the Legislative Council where it's due to be debated next week.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/compassion-plea-in-abortion-bill-debate/b21966ac-a72e-4560-b323-c05ccbf65ab1

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