NSW becomes last Australian state to decriminalise abortion
The move to decriminalise brings Australia's most populous state in line with the rest of the country.
Sept 25, 2019
Abortion has been decriminalised in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales after weeks of contentious debate, bringing its laws into line with the rest of the country.
Politicians from across the political spectrum voted on Thursday to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and had left women and their doctors at risk of prosecution and a prison term of up to 10 years if an abortion was deemed "unlawful".
Abortion bill in NSW used to push Australian politics further to the right
By Cheryl Crisp
16 September 2019
Legislation to decriminalise abortion in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is being used by forces within the state’s ruling Liberal Party to push politics even further in the direction of extreme right-wing populism.
The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, which passed in the state’s Legislative Assembly (lower house) on August 8, is scheduled to be voted on in the upper house (Legislative Council) tomorrow, September 17. A delay was demanded by its right-wing opponents in order to gain time to block the bill’s passage in its present form.
Children Among Anti-Abortion Protesters At Liberal Party State Council Meeting
Fri 06 Sep 2019
More than 100 protesters gathered outside the NSW Liberal Party State Council meeting, where an urgency motion to condemn legislation to decriminalise abortion in NSW was defeated.
Dozens of parents and children have chanted anti-abortion messages at MPs entering a Liberal Party State Council meeting amid tightening tensions over a move to decriminalise terminations in NSW.
Liberal MPs tell Premier they will defect to crossbench over abortion bill
By Alexandra Smith
September 3, 2019
Two Liberal MPs have told Premier Gladys Berejiklian that they are prepared to plunge the Coalition into minority government if "essential amendments" are not made to the abortion bill.
Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies confirmed to a public meeting on Monday night that she has told Ms Berejiklian that she will "separate herself from the government" if amendments are not passed.
NSW premier 'fine' with abortion question
August 26 2019
Gladys Berejiklian says she was 'fine' with a question on air about whether she'd have an abortion.
The NSW premier says it was "fine" that a radio presenter asked her on-air if she would have an abortion, despite several federal MPs slamming the question as inappropriate.
Radio Host's On-Air Question On Abortion To NSW Premier Is 'Not Okay'
Sun 25 Aug 2019
The Minister for Women has criticised a radio host's on-air question to the NSW Premier on whether she would personally have an abortion.
Marise Payne told The ABC's Insiders program the question from 2GB host Ben Fordham is "not okay".
"I don't think it's appropriate to ask anyone publicly, male or female, about sensitive health questions like that," she told the panel on Sunday.
NSW abortion law backers unlikely to support calls for sex selection ban
Supporters of bill to decriminalise abortion confident it can pass despite opponents’ campaign
on August 16, 2019
Supporters of a historic bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales remain confident it will make it through parliament unscathed despite the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, caving in to calls for bans on so-called “sex selection” terminations.
The bill’s passage through the lower house last week prompted a backlash from rightwing MPs, religious leaders and conservative figures in the media who have mounted a concerted campaign to derail the legislation ahead of the upper house vote.
'Compassion' plea in abortion bill debate
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.
Premier under abortion pressure
By Andrew Clennell
August 15, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian faces great pressure from her Liberal partyroom to put the abortion legislation she supports through a proper and long parliamentary inquiry process, after the NSW Premier yesterday backed down and said she would back a possible ban on gender selection abortions.
It comes amid growing unrest among some federal politicians about NSW’s abortion laws, with LNP senator for Queensland and Resources Minister Matt Canavan backing former deputy prime minister John Anderson’s concerns about the NSW legislation.
Is the ‘revolt’ against Gladys Berejiklian over the abortion bill real?
The rancour within the NSW Liberal party is being stirred by commentators looking for a new culture war
on August 13, 2019
The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian flew out of Sydney on a trade mission on Monday morning, leaving seething unhappiness in some parts of her Liberal party over the the bill to decriminalise abortion, which passed the lower house last week.
But is it actually a revolt, as some media report, or a naked attempt to forge a new front in the culture wars led by the Daily Telegraph and Sky News?