Abortion Now Legal Across Australia
By Phil Mercer
September 26, 2019
SYDNEY - A bill to decriminalize abortion in the only Australian state where it has been illegal was enacted by lawmakers in New South Wales Thursday. Supporters say the “historic” legislation is a “massive step forward for women,” but Catholic leaders believe it was a “dark day” for the state of New South Wales.
Following a marathon debate and weeks of protest, abortion is no longer a crime in Australia’s most populous state.
Abortion decriminalised in NSW after bill passes last hurdle
By Alexandra Smith
Updated September 26, 2019
NSW will become the final state in the country to remove abortion from the Crimes Act after the contentious bill passed its last hurdle on Thursday morning.
The amended bill appeased conservative MPs, securing Premier Gladys Berejiklian's majority which was under threat after rebel MPs warned they could defect.
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 faces resistance in Australia's New South Wales
State's upper house drags feet in passing law legalising abortion despite an overwhelming 75-percent support by voters.
by Kate Walton
Sep 17, 2019
Canberra, Australia - Debate has begun in the upper house of the state of New South Wales (NSW) to decriminalise abortion, but what was expected to be a straightforward legislative process has triggered a furious backlash from conservative politicians and religious groups.
The Reproductive Health Care Act 2019, which seeks to bring the state in line with the rest of Australia, would allow abortion up to 22 weeks. It was passed by the state lower house in August, with 59 votes in favour and 31 against.
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.
Gladys Berejiklian Facing Internal Revolt Over Abortion Bill
Tue 03 Sep 2019
NSW Liberal MPs angry over the current push to decriminalise abortion are working the phones about launching a potentially embarrassing censure of Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Liberal sources have confirmed members from the party’s hard right faction are drafting an ‘urgency motion’ to present to the state council meeting on Saturday.
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.
The social media tactics being used to shape the abortion debate
By Paige Cockburn, state political reporter Ashleigh Raper, and Kevin Nguyen
Posted Sat Aug 24, 2019
While politicians in NSW debate a controversial bill that would decriminalise abortion, opponents of the new laws have been winning the fight in cyberspace.
The bill, proposed by Independent MP Alex Greenwich, was last week debated in the Upper House and is set to be voted on next month.
Key La Trobe study ‘misrepresented’ in NSW abortion debate ‘gendercide’ claim: Authors
Aug 22, 2019
The authors of a La Trobe University study being used to bolster the case for a ban on gender-selection abortions in Australia say the research has been “misrepresented” by the media and conservative politicians.
Ugly claims that the decriminalisation of abortion in New South Wales will lead to “gendercide” and a generation of missing girls have raged for weeks, with the La Trobe study often cited as the sole research evidence.
How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia
August 21, 2019
As the abortion decriminalisation bill gradually makes its way through the NSW parliament, opponents have been increasingly drawing on their long relationship with the right-to-life movement in the United States to lobby against the measure and try to push for more restrictive amendments.
This has been a trend in the anti-abortion movement in Australia for a while now. Activists have adopted some of the most successful elements of the US movement’s rhetoric and tactics in recent years in an effort to influence the debate in Australia.