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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Queensland Prisoner Pregnant With Twins Is Denied An Abortion

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Queensland Prisoner Pregnant With Twins Is Denied An Abortion
This is why those archaic abortion laws really do matter - by Alley Pascoe

Sep 6, 2017

A Queensland woman diagnosed with schizophrenia has been denied an abortion for an unwanted twin pregnancy 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 33-year-old woman, known as QDB, is living at a mental health facility and undergoing treatment for schizophrenia after being jailed for breaching bail conditions involving drug use, reports the ABC.

Continued at source: Marie Claire: https://www.marieclaire.com.au/article/news/queensland-prisoner-pregnant-with-twins-is-denied-an-abortion

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How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

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How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

In some areas women can pay as much as $800 for a first trimester termination. Guardian Australia looks at how prohibitive expenses interact with legal restrictions to limit access

Anna Livsey
@annalivsey_
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Campaigns for easier access to abortion in Australia have largely focused on changes to the law but in a speech last week the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, highlighted another crucial factor: cost.

“For many women abortions are unaffordable and unattainable,” she said. “The legal right to access a termination isn’t much use to a homeless teenager when the upfront cost of an abortion is more than $500.”

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/aug/22/how-much-do-abortions-cost-across-australia-explainer

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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform
May 26, 2017

The Queensland Government should demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission a coalition of legal, medical and community groups said today.

Sunday 28 May marks the International Day of Action on Women’s Health. The day also signals three months since the government committed to this referral which would be a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland.

Kate Marsh from Children by Choice said, “On this International Day of Action, we’re calling on the Attorney General Yvette D’Arth to act on abortion law reform and make this referral a priority.”

Continued at source: Human Rights Law Center: https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/2017/5/25/groups-urge-queensland-attorneygeneral-to-act-on-abortion-law-reform

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Australia: This Chart Shows How Much Abortion Costs In Each State

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This Chart Shows How Much Abortion Costs In Each State

Why are you being charged more than $700 to take $40 pills?
Posted on April 27, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

And women in Victoria and South Australia can access free surgical abortions provided by a hospital, while women elsewhere can pay up to thousands of dollars for the same procedure.

Get your calculators out because it is time to do the maths and figure out why.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-is-how-much-abortion-costs-in-australia?

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Australia: We Spent The Day With Pro-Choice Pregnancy Counsellors In A State Where Abortion Is Still A Crime

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We Spent The Day With Pro-Choice Pregnancy Counsellors In A State Where Abortion Is Still A Crime

“These are women who are fleeing domestic violence, these are women who are suicidal.”
posted on Mar. 17, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.

Gina Rushton/BuzzFeed News

“She was with the guy for a month, but noticed the red flags for domestic violence… he was throwing things and getting controlling so she ended the relationship, which is really good.”

It is 9am and the phones are ringing at Queensland’s only standalone pro-choice counselling service for pregnant women, Children by Choice.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/we-spent-the-day-with-pro-choice-pregnancy-counsellors?utm_term=.lo0gXwaynb#.nuLX8zrV5G

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Australia: These Surgery Raids Show The Risks Of Abortion Remaining In The Criminal Code

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These Surgery Raids Show The Risks Of Abortion Remaining In The Criminal Code

“It was something we knew could happen at any time, but we didn’t think it ever really would.”

posted on Mar. 5, 2017
by Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Queensland surgeon Dr David Grundmann went to work on the morning of May 20, 1985, at the Townsville clinic at which he was the medical director. By midday he was holed up in a police station.

“It came completely out of the blue when the police came into the premises and requested that everything be stopped, produced a search warrant and charged me with performing illegal abortions,” Grundmann, 70, told BuzzFeed News.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/these-surgery-raids-show-the-risks-of-abortion-remaining-in?utm_term=.drpMXRYQK9#.ck5ZnxXYB7

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Australia: Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Battle Raging In Queensland

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Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Battle Raging In Queensland
The state of play, the human stories, the legal nitty-gritty.

posted on Feb. 15, 2017
by Gina Rushton

Abortions still occur in the Sunshine State, but women must first overcome legal, financial and geographical barriers to access a termination, and their doctors can face prosecution for performing one.

Queenslanders with unplanned pregnancies have been turned away from hospitals; been dissuaded by their GPs; bought plane tickets to procure an abortion; and experienced harassment outside clinics as there is no law stopping protesters from gathering.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-abortion-battle-raging

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Never mind America, access to abortion is a ‘nightmare’ for many Australians

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Never mind America, access to abortion is a 'nightmare' for many Australians
by Van Badham
Monday 30 January 2017

Despite widespread popular support, legislation around abortion in Australia remains subject to political deal-making, leaving access for regional women shamefully limited.

It was unsurprising to American women that their new president moved so swiftly to limit women’s access to reproductive autonomy. Less than a week into his regime, President Trump has reinstated a Ronald Reagan policy known as the “global gag rule”.

Abortion wars are, of course, a visible hallmark of American politics, where denying a woman’s right to choose has long been used as a wedge by Republicans to chip white voters away from supporting Democrat candidates. But while a thumping majority of Australians support women’s abortion rights – around 80%, according to reliable polls – the gap between what we say we believe in here and what we legislate is larger than many would imagine.

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Source, The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/30/never-mind-america-access-to-abortion-is-a-nightmare-for-many-australians

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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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