Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law
By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Thu September 26, 2019
(CNN)Abortion has now been decriminalized in almost all of Australia after the country's most populous state voted to overturn a 119-year-old law.
On Thursday, lawmakers in New South Wales -- which is home to Sydney -- voted to pass a bill that decriminalizes abortion and makes terminations available to people who are less than 22 weeks pregnant.
Abortion decriminalised in NSW after mammoth debate
There were emotional scenes in parliament as abortion was decriminalised in NSW. But the state’s Premier was nowhere to be seen.
Jodie Stephens and Dominica Sanda, AAP
September 26, 2019
NSW parliament has passed laws decriminalising abortion, more than a century after it was included in the state’s criminal code — but the state’s premier was nowhere to be seen in the chamber this morning.
Overnight, the NSW Upper House finally passed the bill and this morning the Lower House approved its amendments.
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.
Scott Morrison targeted in anonymous leaflets over NSW abortion bill
Flyer repeats series of false claims about the abortion reform bill currently the subject of a conscience vote in the NSW upper house
Tue 24 Sep 2019
Anonymously authored anti-abortion leaflets in Canberra have targeted Scott Morrison for remaining “silent” while states including New South Wales have pushed to decriminalise abortion.
The flyer – which is not authorised but is marked as from the End Violence Against Unborn Babies Coalition – is almost identical to one targeting the Berejiklian government with inflammatory rhetoric comparing abortion to murder in Nazi concentration camps.
Young Liberals back Berejiklian's handling of abortion bill
By Alexandra Smith
September 23, 2019
The Young Liberals' have overwhelming backed Gladys Berejiklian's handling of the abortion bill, moving a motion in support of the Premier at their annual convention on the weekend.
After the Premier stared down a spill threat from three disgruntled conservative MPs last week, the youth wing moved a motion supporting her decision to allow a conscience vote on abortion.
Amendment Rejected As NSW Abortion Bill Debate Continues
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Debate has continued into the night on proposed amendments to the controversial bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW.
The upper house began debating amendments to the bill on Tuesday afternoon following the threat of a leadership spill against Premier Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the private member's bill.
In its current form, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 would allow terminations up to 22 weeks as well as later abortions if two doctors agree.
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.
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.
Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September
A vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion had been expected this week but opponents have campaigned furiously against it
Tue 20 Aug 2019
Thousands of anti-abortion protesters have rallied outside the NSW parliament after opponents of a bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales successfully delayed a final vote on the legislation until next month.
The parliament’s upper house began debating the reproductive healthcare reform bill on Tuesday, almost two weeks after it passed its first hurdle in the lower chamber.
Berejiklian backs 'gender selection' abortion ban amid pressure
By Alexandra Smith
August 14, 2019
Sheffield, England: Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made an extraordinary appeal to her upper house colleagues to consider "strengthening" the abortion bill as she comes under pressure from conservative MPs.
Ms Berejiklian said she would be prepared to change the Crimes Act to ban gender selection abortions and encouraged upper house MPs to give the issue "careful consideration".