Getting an abortion just got harder, thanks to the coronavirus. Here’s what we can do better
May 11, 2020
Erica Millar, Lecturer, La Trobe University
The COVID-19 crisis has starkly revealed the patchy and precarious provision of abortion in Australia, deepening existing inequalities in access.
What was already an expensive procedure may be even less attainable for many women facing financial strain during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a shortage of staff and resources is likely to be affecting access for many women seeking an abortion – particularly those in regional and rural areas.
NT abortion waiting times decrease in public hospitals after 2017 law reform
By Lauren Roberts
Jan 16, 2020
The average wait time for a surgical abortion in the Northern Territory has dropped from three weeks to two — but nearly two in three women are waiting longer than clinical guidelines recommend, new data shows.
Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology this month analysed surgical abortion data from 2012 to 2017 in one public hospital in the NT.
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.
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.
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 back on agenda in NSW as decriminalisation push gathers pace
Labor, Greens and key independent signal they will pursue changes to Crimes Act
Wed 6 Mar 2019
Abortion decriminalisation is likely to be back on the agenda in the next New South Wales parliament, with Labor, the Greens and a key independent signalling they will pursue it.
On Wednesday federal Labor announced a national sexual and reproductive rights strategy to improve access to contraceptives and abortion, and vowed to work with the states on decriminalisation.
Birth control pills should be available over the counter, advocates say
But Australian doctors group says plan for easier access to contraceptives raises ‘red flags’
Mon 22 Oct 2018
Women’s health and equality groups are at odds with the peak body for doctors as to whether the contraceptive pill should be made available in Australia over the counter.
It follows a commitment by Victoria’s opposition to make the contraceptive pill available over-the-counter from pharmacists if the coalition is elected in November. Under the plan, women would be required to visit their doctor in the first instance but able to obtain future courses of the pill from a pharmacist.
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
Protesters call for removal of abortion from NSW Crimes Act
May 9, 2017
Abortion rights campaigners gathered outside the NSW Parliament on Tuesday in a renewed push to decriminalise abortion and to create protest-free zones around clinics.
Purple postcards bearing the slogan "Decriminalise abortion. Safe access" were hung on the fence outside Parliament House on Macquarie Street.
Continued at link: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/protesters-call-for-removal-of-abortion-from-nsw-crimes-act-20170509-gw0xbn.html
Abortion decriminalisation to get renewed push in NSW parliament
Greens proposal, which would create 150-metre protest-free zones around clinics, backed by medical and legal experts
Sunday 7 May 2017
A proposal to decriminalise abortion and create protest-free zones around clinics is expected to come before New South Wales parliament this week, backed by doctors, lawyers, teachers, academics, unions and civil rights groups.
The Greens are leading the push to have abortion removed from the state’s Crimes Act, but are facing opposition from the Catholic church and the Christian lobby, which are seeking to lobby members of parliament against the changes.
Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/abortion-decriminalisation-to-get-renewed-push-in-nsw-parliament