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.
Queensland doctors accused of 'deep disrespect' for women seeking abortion
Ahead of legalisation debate, pro-choice GP says regional doctors ‘dictate to women’
Sun 7 Oct 2018
Doctors in regional Queensland routinely treat women seeking an abortion with “deep disrespect” and dictate scripture instead of dispensing medical advice, pro-choice GPs in the state say.
“Abortion is a mortal sin and you’ll go to hell,” one doctor reportedly told a woman in Cairns, who had asked about terminating her unwanted pregnancy.
'Young and terrified': the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions
Exclusive: An 1899 criminal code has required many women who need the procedure to travel interstate
Sat 14 Jul 2018
More than 60 women from far north Queensland have been forced to go interstate to have abortions, often to Sydney, in the first six months of 2018.
Other women from regional parts of Queensland, where abortion remains a criminal offence under the 1899 criminal code, have taken round trips of up to 2,600km to undergo procedures, health professionals and support workers have told Guardian Australia.
Is abortion legal in Australia? It's complicated
By health reporter Olivia Willis
May 25, 2018
Ireland has just voted on whether to lift the country's controversial ban on abortion.
But in Australia, whether or not abortion is legal depends on where you live — as does the cost and availability of the procedure.
And that's because abortion laws are made by state and territory governments, not the Federal Government.
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
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.
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A 12-year-old Queensland girl had to argue for an abortion in Queensland's Supreme Court in April 2016 despite having approval from her doctor, her family, her obstetrician and a public hospital for the termination.
"Q's case" has prompted two Queensland academics to argue it is time to change "outdated" 100-year-old abortion laws in Queensland and New South Wales.
"The decision of the health service to seek direction from the court underlines the fear and uncertainty on the part of doctors and administrators regarding the legality of abortion in Queensland," the authors write.
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Source: Brisbane Times
Doctors’ professional bodies have spoken out loud and clear in favour of the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland, write Caroline de Costa, professor of gynaecology, and Heather Douglas, professor of criminal law.
The report of the bipartisan committee of Queensland Parliament inquiring into abortion law reform in the statewas released at 5.17pm last Friday. The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee was instructed to conduct an inquiry following the tabling of the Abortion Law Reform (Woman’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill on May 9 by independent MP for Cairns Rob Pyne.
Pyne’s bill is the first attempt in history to remove the abortion offences from the Queensland Criminal Code (QCC) of 1899. These offences makes abortion a crime for doctors, women and any person assisting with an abortion procedure.
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