It's time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia
by Caroline De Costa, The Conversation
April 1, 2019
Over the past thirteen years, many Australian women have used the drug mifepristone (RU486) to bring about a medical abortion.
Rather than undergoing a surgical abortion in a clinic or hospital operating theatre, a medical abortion is induced by taking drugs prescribed by a doctor.
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.
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
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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 17, 2018
The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC), formed in 2016 to campaign for a change in the law, was at the State Parliament on 5 December to hear Tammy Franks of the Greens introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion along with other campaigners for law reform, whose ages spanned from their 20s to their 80s. Anne Levy, one of the MPs who was a member of parliament when South Australia last reformed its law in 1969, was also there to witness the bill being introduced.
SAAAC report that “The bill is exactly what we wanted…. [Franks’] speech set new horizons for what can be said in Australian parliaments about abortion.” SAAAC are optimistic that decriminalisation in South Australia will make a difference to women’s access to abortion services, as there are specific features in the SA law that, once removed, will enable simple and effective change straight away. Broader change, however, they believe will take ongoing work (e.g. getting GPs and community health care to offer early medical abortion in rural and remote areas).