Australia – Abortion back on agenda in NSW as decriminalisation push gathers pace

Abortion back on agenda in NSW as decriminalisation push gathers pace
Labor, Greens and key independent signal they will pursue changes to Crimes Act

Josephine Tovey
Wed 6 Mar 2019

Abortion decriminalisation is likely to be back on the agenda in the next New South Wales parliament, with Labor, the Greens and a key independent signalling they will pursue it.

On Wednesday federal Labor announced a national sexual and reproductive rights strategy to improve access to contraceptives and abortion, and vowed to work with the states on decriminalisation.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/07/abortion-back-on-agenda-in-nsw-as-decriminalisation-push-gathers-pace

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Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws

By Rebecca Puddy
Posted Feb 7, 2019

Anti-abortion campaigners say they have been ordered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) to stop letterboxing flyers and driving a mobile billboard around Adelaide.

The ECSA's decision comes ahead of Saturday's by-election in Cheltenham and Enfield. It follows legislation being introduced to Parliament late last year to remove abortion from the state's crimes act.

Continued; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/anti-abortion-campaign-ordered-to-stop-ahead-of-by-election/10785096

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Germany – Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader

Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader
Kramp-Karrenbauer, who wants to win back conservative voters, opposed to law change

Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Derek Scally in Berlin

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, over abortion.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and her officials have struck a compromise with the CDU’s coalition partner over a controversial law forbidding doctors from informing patients – in advertisements or on their websites – that they offer abortion services.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/abortion-law-brings-first-test-for-merkel-s-successor-as-cdu-leader-1.3730594

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New Zealand: A right to choose: Helensville candidates on abortion and euthanasia

A right to choose: Helensville candidates on abortion and euthanasia

DANIELLE CLENT
August 22 2017

Candidates wanting to be Helensville's next MP have shared their views on some controversial topics – abortion and euthanasia.

Green's Hayley Holt, Labour's Kurt Taogaga and ACT's Alex Evans think abortion laws need to be adjusted, but NZ First's Helen Peterson and National's Chris Penk have concerns.

Penk said he would be interested in hearing the views of those living in the electorate, but said he wouldn't support a change to the current law.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/nor-west-news/96019720/a-right-to-choose-helensville-candidates-on-abortion-and-euthanasia

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New Zealand: Abortion – it’s time to decriminalise

Abortion – it’s time to decriminalise
February 9, 2017
Jan Logie

Last Friday the Abortion Supervisory Committee released their latest report calling for a review of the 40-year-old legislation which governs New Zealand’s abortion service.

Most people in Aotearoa think abortion is a health issue, not a justice issue. The reality that one in four women in this country have had an abortion shows that many New Zealanders accept that having an abortion shouldn’t be a crime.

The Green Party supports the decriminalisation of abortion because we trust women to make decisions that are best for them and their whānau/family. We want to ensure equal access to all potential options are available to pregnant women.

Continued at source: The Greens Blog: https://blog.greens.org.nz/2017/02/09/abortion-time-decriminalise/

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Australia: Greens push to decriminalise abortion in NSW, stop protesters harassing women

Mehreen Faruqi introduced the private member's bill to Parliament. ABC News

By state political reporter Sarah Gerathy

Posted Aug 10 at 9:38pm, ABC News

The Greens have made a push to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales and ban protesters from harassing women entering abortion clinics.

Despite a 1971 court decision providing access to abortion in NSW on certain grounds, it is still technically an offence under the state's Crimes Act.

NSW and Queensland are currently the only states which have not used legislation to confirm a woman's right to terminate their pregnancy.

The Greens have introduced a private member's bill seeking to decriminalise abortion by removing it from the Crimes Act, which was drafted more than 100 years ago.

Source: ABC News, Australia

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