WA Government set to modernise state’s abortion laws, following community consultation

By Cason Ho
Nov 19, 2022

Women and medical practitioners have been asked to have their say on WA's decades-old abortion laws, which are among the toughest in the
country, as the state government prepares to overhaul the legislation. 

The changes on the table include fully decriminalising abortion, increasing the gestational limit for a procedure from 20 to 24 weeks, abolishing mandatory counselling and scrapping the need for a GP referral.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-20/wa-government-set-to-overhaul-abortion-law/101675792

Australia – After Attacking Medical Center, Hackers Leak Patients’ Abortion Details to the Dark Web

In a disgusting move, cybercriminals published the personal medical details of individual patients to the internet this week.

By Lucas Ropek
November 11, 2022

After attacking a major healthcare provider in Australia earlier this year, cybercriminals dumped a large selection of data to the internet this week, including customers’ personal health information. The leak reportedly includes sensitive documents related to some patients’ medical procedures, including pregnancies and abortions.

The victim, health insurance giant Medibank, was compromised by ransomware hackers earlier this year. The gang asked the company for a ransom of nearly $10 million, but the company refused. After negotiations broke down, the criminals began publishing portions of the stolen data to the internet this week, including information about the company’s customers.

Continued: https://gizmodo.com/after-attacking-medical-center-hackers-leak-patients-a-1849774993

Australia – Inquiry into abortion services in the ACT region hears many find it difficult to access that form of healthcare

By Tahlia Roy
Posted Fri 28 Oct 2022

International student Rylee experienced weeks of stress and fear after she had unprotected sex and realised her period was late.

The Canberra University student from Canada began to research what her options would be to terminate an unplanned pregnancy in the nation's capital in 2020.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-29/act-abortion-inquiry-hears-of-difficulty-in-access/101588636

Australia – Police clash with abortion protesters, as opposing rallies take to the streets of Melbourne

By Georgia Lenton-Williams
Oct 7, 2022

Protesters have clashed with police in Melbourne's city as people rallied in the streets to promote opposing messages about abortion rights.

Pro-choice protesters marched a course through the CBD that was planned to intersect with an anti-abortion march taking place at the same time.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-08/opposing-groups-protest-about-abortion-rights-in-melbourne-city/101515568

Australian woman deported from US says border agency told her questions about abortion were policy

Madolline Gourley says a special agent in the office of professional responsibility told her the questions she was asked were in line with Customs and Border Protection procedures

Caitlin Cassidy
Sat 1 Oct 2022

An Australian woman says the US border agency told her that asking travellers about terminating a pregnancy is in line with their policies after she was detained at an airport and then deported.

Madolline Gourley says she was asked whether she’d had an abortion while detained at Los Angeles airport in June. It came days after Roe v Wade – the landmark court case that legalised abortion – was overturned in the United States.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/01/australian-woman-deported-from-us-says-border-agency-told-her-questions-about-abortion-were-policy

Australia – Victorian public hospitals could not prevent doctors from providing abortions under new bill

Reason party leader Fiona Patten, who is introducing the bill, says ‘imposed religious faith has no place in the public health system’

Tamsin Rose
Sun 31 Jul 2022

Public hospitals in Victoria would not be allowed to stop doctors from providing abortions under a bill being introduced to state parliament this week by the crossbench MP Fiona Patten.

The legislation follows the overturning of
the landmark Roe v Wade decision in the US in June, and comes with just four
more sitting weeks before Victorians head to the polls in November.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/01/victorian-public-hospitals-could-not-prevent-doctors-from-providing-abortions-under-new-bill

Accessing an abortion in Australia just got a bit easier

By Frances Vinall
July 7, 2022

SYDNEY — Access to abortion became easier in Australia on Thursday as decriminalization took effect in South Australia state, part of a wave of liberalization that contrasts with recent moves in the United States.

For the most part, abortion is not the subject of polarizing national debate Down Under, as it often is in American politics. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shocked many Australians, leading thousands to attend rallies in support of abortion rights.

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Australians rally against U.S. overturning of key abortion ruling

July 2, 2022

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians joined raucous protests across the country on Saturday against the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of women's constitutional right to abortion.

The Supreme Court last week overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, restoring the ability of individual states to ban abortion.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/world/australians-rally-against-us-overturning-key-abortion-ruling-2022-07-02/

Victorian doctors call for better abortion access, with US set to overturn Roe v Wade

ABC Goulburn Murray / By Anna Chisholm
May 31, 2022

"My heart sank," Amanda Kelly said.

The chief executive of Women's Health Goulburn North East was aimlessly scrolling on her phone when she read the news.

Roe versus Wade, the landmark ruling which in 1973 granted Americans the constitutional right to an abortion, was set to be overturned by the US Supreme court, a leaked document had revealed.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-31/abortion-rights-victoria-in-focus-america-roe-v-wade/101110872

Australia – Roe vs Wade: The extraterritorial dimension of abortion politics

Anti-choice views have shaped US – and Australian – bids to block support for family planning in developing countries.


Published 31 May 2022

The leaked draft majority opinion of the US Supreme Court in Dobbs vs Jackson
Women’s Health Organisation has signalled the likely overturning of Roe vs Wade
and intensified the politicisation of abortion in the United States in the
lead-up to November’s mid-term elections.

Much has been written about the politicisation of abortion in the United States
and its consequences for access to reproductive healthcare. The entrenchment of
the anti-choice standpoint in the Republican party has undermined access to
healthcare in the United States. Such attitudes have also shaped US foreign
policy, with impacts on abortion access in developing countries.

Continued: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/roe-vs-wade-extraterritorial-dimension-abortion-politics