Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today
By Felicity Caldwell
3 December 2018
Queensland women seeking a pregnancy termination will be shielded from protesters from Monday, as abortion law reform comes into effect.
From Monday, abortion will no longer be a crime and women will be able to have a termination on request up to 22 weeks, or after that gestation with consent from two doctors.
Queensland parliament votes to legalise abortion
Abortion will become legal until 22 weeks gestation, and thereafter with the approval of two doctors
Wed 17 Oct 2018
Abortion will become legal in Queensland, after the state’s parliament voted to support new legislation and erase a 119-year-old “morality” section of the state’s criminal code.
Loud cheers in the legislative assembly chamber at 7.42pm on Wednesday brought to an end a 50-year struggle by women’s groups in a state once notorious for its conservatism.
Threats of reprisals against Queensland MPs who voted to legalise abortion
By Allyson Horn
Oct 17, 2018
Pro-life groups have threatened MPs who voted to remove abortion from Queensland's criminal code, vowing to remove them from office.
MPs were given a conscience vote in Parliament and voted 50 to 41 to reform the 19th century laws.
Abortion Debate in Australia Has a New Element: Women in Power
By Rick Rojas
Oct. 15, 2018
BRISBANE, Australia — Activists in the Australian state of Queensland have tried for decades to scrap a criminal code from 1899 that makes having an abortion an offense punishable with prison time, and for decades their efforts have failed.
But as the state Parliament again considers whether to decriminalize abortion, advocates say this time may be different: Women will be leading the debate.
Queensland abortion legalisation to be put to conscience vote
Legislation decriminalising abortion expected to pass parliament after Liberal National party lets MPs choose
Tue 9 Oct 2018
Queensland is expected to pass legislation to decriminalise abortion next week, after the opposition Liberal National party decided to allow its MPs a conscience vote.
The decision, announced after a lengthy party room meeting on Tuesday afternoon, will pave the way for the removal of abortion from the 1899 criminal code.
Inside Australia's only clinic providing late surgical abortions
By Hagar Cohen and David Lewis
Sep 7, 2018
The journey to the Marie Stopes clinic in Melbourne's east is a harrowing one for the 200 or so women who go there each year for a procedure denied to them elsewhere.
By the time they reach the building, sitting behind a car park on an unassuming suburban street, they have likely been turned away by multiple doctors and hospitals.
And until the Victorian state government banned the practice in 2015, there was a very real risk of encountering anti-abortion protesters at the entrance.
'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.