NSW abortion law: the decriminalisation reform bill explained
Opponents claim the new law will allow sex selection and abortion up until birth. But what does the bill actually do?
Mon 19 Aug 2019
In the two weeks since an historic bill removing abortion from the New South Wales criminal code passed its first hurdle in the parliament’s lower house, opponents of the legislation have fought hard to stop it becoming law.
Religious leaders, rightwing MPs and conservative media commentators have all mounted a concerted campaign to derail the legislation ahead of the vote. Opponents claim the bill will allow so-called gender or sex selection and abortion “on demand” up until birth.
Fact check: Will Queensland's proposed abortion laws allow unrestricted access after 22 weeks?
Oct 3, 2018
Protestors have marched through the streets of Brisbane voicing their opposition to proposed changes to abortion laws in Queensland. Among them was Nationals senator for Queensland Matt Canavan, a cabinet minister, who addressed the crowd and spoke to reporters at the march.
"[The proposed changes] would be some of the most radical and extreme legislation of abortions in the world, and it would allow, effectively … unrestricted abortions beyond 22 weeks," Senator Canavan said.
Will the new laws, if passed, allow unrestricted access to abortion after 22 weeks? RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look.
Brisbane mother slams Catholic Church for 'linking abortion with child abuse'
By Alison Brown
1 September 2018
A woman from a north Brisbane Catholic school, who recently underwent an abortion, says the Church "overstepped its bounds" with a “highly misleading” newsletter about the state’s new abortion laws.
She claimed the letter from the Brisbane Archdiocese contained information and content that could “push vulnerable women to end their life”.
Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say
By Megan Hendry and Amy McCosker
July 25, 2018
Pro-choice advocates have thrown their support behind proposed changes to Queensland's abortion laws, saying it will give women in regional and remote areas better access to services.
Women in a large parts of north and west Queensland have limited access to abortion services and have been forced to travel vast distances to Rockhampton, Townsville or even interstate, according to not-for-profit abortion service provider, Marie Stopes Australia.
'Young and terrified': the Queensland women forced to go interstate for abortions
Exclusive: An 1899 criminal code has required many women who need the procedure to travel interstate
Sat 14 Jul 2018
More than 60 women from far north Queensland have been forced to go interstate to have abortions, often to Sydney, in the first six months of 2018.
Other women from regional parts of Queensland, where abortion remains a criminal offence under the 1899 criminal code, have taken round trips of up to 2,600km to undergo procedures, health professionals and support workers have told Guardian Australia.
Abortion law change expected from Queensland Law Reform Commission review
By Kirrin McKechnie
Thu Jun 28, 2018
A highly anticipated Queensland Law Reform Commission (LRC) report examining whether abortion should be decriminalised will be handed to the State Government by tomorrow, amid strong expectations within the ALP that change will come.
Under laws written in 1899, abortion is still a criminal offence in Queensland.
The State Government charged the LRC with investigating ways to modernise abortion laws and requested it include draft legislation based on its recommendations.
Evangelical Christians step up abortion clinic protests in Queensland
Pro-choice groups send volunteers to escort women as state prepares to decriminalise
Mon 18 Jun 2018
An evangelical group has ramped up demonstrations outside several Brisbane abortion clinics as Queensland prepares to reform its 1899 laws that make abortion a criminal offence.
Guardian Australia is aware of several recent verbal clashes between members of the anti-abortion group “Project 139” and clinic patients. The group has sought and received permits to conduct protests at four Brisbane clinics until at least August.
Queensland Wants To Hear Your Thoughts On Whether Abortion Should Remain A Crime There
Submissions close on 13 February.
Posted on December 28, 2017
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
The Queensland Law Reform Commission has called for the public to make submissions to its review into modernising the state's laws relating to abortion.
The terms of reference specifically require the commission to recommend how Queensland should amend its laws relating to the termination of pregnancy to:
Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/queensland-wants-to-hear-your-thoughts-on-whether-abortion
Queensland orders review of abortion laws
December 26, 2017
Decriminalising abortion in Queensland is a step closer with the launch of a Palaszczuk government-ordered review that will draft “modernising’’ legislation to go before parliament next year.
Queensland’s Law Reform Commission began advertising at the weekend for public submissions into the overhaul of anti-abortion laws that have ¬remained largely unchanged in the state’s criminal code since 1899.
Continued at source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/queensland-orders-review-of-abortion-laws/news-story/49d97f14ca5f73cb9de45f8165e55113
Queenslanders split on backing anti-abortion
By Felicity Caldwell & Ruth McCosker
20 November 2017
Almost half of Queensland voters would be unwilling to support their preferred candidate in the upcoming election if they wanted accessing an abortion to remain a criminal offence.
A ReachTEL poll revealed LNP voters were the most likely to support their preferred candidate if the candidate wanted abortion to remain a crime, with 62.1 per cent agreeing, compared with 42.5 per cent of Labor voters, 20.9 per cent Greens and 59.7 per cent One Nation.
Overall, 50.1 per cent of respondents said they would not vote for their preferred candidate if that candidate wanted access to abortion to remain a criminal offence.
Continued at source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/queenslanders-split-on-voting-decriminalising-abortion-20171120-p4yx3q.html