As South Australia debates a bill to decriminalise abortion, the same misinformation is being peddled
Thu 29 Oct 2020
It wouldn’t be a debate about abortion without a flagrant misinformation campaign about terminations after the first trimester.
A bill to decriminalise abortion was this month introduced in South Australia, the last jurisdiction to do so, and opponents of the legislation have already set about claiming if passed it would legalise and in fact encourage “abortion up to birth”, an offensive but ultimately meaningless phrase. It has been the relentless catchphrase of anti-abortion lobbyists, religious leaders and conservative politicians in every single push to modernise abortion laws in this country but it is not uniquely Australian.
Senators fire up in tense abortion debate
Senators have locked horns in a fiery debate over changes to Queensland's abortion laws.
Australian Associated Press
August 20, 2018
A Nationals senator has been branded a disgrace for a controversial push to condemn the Queensland government's proposed abortion laws. Queensland senator Barry O'Sullivan sparked a tense debate in parliament on Monday over changes to his state's abortion laws.
Under the state government's move to decriminalise abortion in Queensland, women would be able to ask to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks.
Senator's 'cruel' abortion motion defeated
Jun 25, 2018
A crossbench senator has been labelled cruel and insensitive over his push to condemn abortion safe zones in NSW.
Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning said NSW had followed the "socialist state" of Victoria by passing laws to provide 150 metre safe zones outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment.
His Senate motion condemning NSW parliament for passing the bill was defeated 34-17, with government senators given a conscience vote.
Let Me Count The Ways I Tried To Talk To George Christensen About Abortion
Look, I tried.
Posted on April 26, 2018
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
Nationals MP George Christensen last month attended an anti-abortion rally, wrote to the treasurer, and made social media posts calling for millions of dollars in Australia's foreign aid budget to be allocated to pregnancy counselling for Australian women.
Christensen wrote to treasurer Scott Morrison to ask that $9.5 million allocated to an international family planning organisation be redirected to pregnancy counselling services for young Australian mothers.