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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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: Queensland MPs must seize the moment on abortion

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Queensland MPs must seize the moment on abortion
February 26 2017
by Emily Howie and Kate Marsh

Queensland MPs stand at a crossroads when it comes to the state's abortion laws, but one thing is abundantly clear: the status quo is unacceptable. New polling released this week shows overwhelming public support for women's right to choose abortion in Queensland and that voters are turned off by MPs who support criminalising abortion.

Queensland's MPs currently have a unique opportunity to modernise the state's abortion laws. This law reform is vital because the crime of abortion remains in Queensland's Criminal Code, right in between "incest" and "indecent acts". Under the Code, women and doctors risk 7 to 14 years imprisonment for procuring an abortion.

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/queensland-mps-must-seize-the-moment-on-abortion-20170226-guls2w.html

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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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