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.
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.
Radio Host's On-Air Question On Abortion To NSW Premier Is 'Not Okay'
Sun 25 Aug 2019
The Minister for Women has criticised a radio host's on-air question to the NSW Premier on whether she would personally have an abortion.
Marise Payne told The ABC's Insiders program the question from 2GB host Ben Fordham is "not okay".
"I don't think it's appropriate to ask anyone publicly, male or female, about sensitive health questions like that," she told the panel on Sunday.
As a Uniting church minister I think abortion can be a morally good choice
In the debate about the NSW abortion law reform we should trust women to make good decisions about whether or not to continue a pregnancy
Mon 12 Aug 2019
The New South Wales parliament is considering whether a 1900 law that criminalised abortion is appropriate for its regulation in 2019.
In 1900 it was widely accepted that women’s bodies and women’s sexuality were appropriately controlled by patriarchal power inherent in government, medicine, religion, and family life. The 1900 legislation was influenced by the racist ideology of eugenics in response to declining birthrates and claims that “selfish” white women were using abortion to control fertility.
Experts Slam 'Insulting' Misinformation About Abortion Decriminalisation Bill
Wed 07 Aug 2019
As debate intensifies around decriminalising abortion in NSW, the state's peak medical body is accusing opponents of "unfounded fearmongering".
MPs continued to debate a bill in the lower house on Wednesday which seeks to remove abortion from the state's criminal code, instead placing it into an appropriate healthcare framework.
Abortion bill debated in NSW parliament
Jodie Stephens and Heather McNab
6 Aug 2019
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has urged colleagues to back a bill decriminalising abortion in order to "right a wrong" enacted in law more than a century ago.
Mr Hazzard on Tuesday launched a NSW lower house debate on a private members bill allowing pregnancy terminations up to 22 weeks.
After 119 years, NSW is set to decriminalise abortion. Why has reform taken so long?
July 30, 2019
A bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW has been delayed by conservative MPs who reportedly want more time to consider the legislation. Debate is now set to start in the lower house next week.
Still, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, to be introduced by independent MP Alex Greenwich, has widespread support in the Legislative Assembly and looks likely to pass. It also has the support of Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who is one of its 15 co-sponsors, as well as Premier Gladys Berejiklian.