AUSTRALIA – Hidden Forces: Shining a Light on Reproductive Coercion

To coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to kick off 16 Days of Action to end violence against women, Marie Stopes Australia launched this report. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about their reproductive health. It includes any behaviour that has the intention of controlling or constraining another person’s reproductive health decision-making. Examples include: Sabotage of another person’s contraception Pressuring … Continued

SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all

The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC), formed in 2016 to campaign for a change in the law, was at the State Parliament on 5 December to hear Tammy Franks of the Greens introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion along with other campaigners for law reform, whose ages spanned from their 20s to their 80s. Anne Levy, one of the MPs who was a member of parliament when South Australia last reformed its law in … Continued

ACT AUSTRALIA – Australian Capital Territory allows GPs to prescribe medical abortion pills

Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed on 19 September in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The legislation, introduced by ACT Greens, allows medical abortion pills to be accessed through a local GP or a telemedicine provider, bringing the nation’s capital in line with other jurisdictions. Women are no longer required to attend an approved facility such as the Canberra … Continued

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: HOORAY!!! – Abortion legal on request to 22 weeks passed by Queensland parliament

        On 17 October 2018, at 7.42pm, after a 50-year struggle by women’s groups, the Queensland Parliament voted 50 to 41, via a conscience vote, to remove abortion from the 119-year-old criminal code. During an often passionate and emotional debate over two days, 69 out of 93 members spoke. The new law makes abortion legal on request up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, and thereafter with the approval of two doctors. It also … Continued

AUSTRALIA NSW – Knowledge of current abortion law and views on abortion law reform: a community survey of NSW residents

by AL Barratt, K McGeechan, KI Black, J Hamblin, C de Costa   Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 10 September 2018   Of 1,015 men and women who completed an anonymous online survey, 76% were unaware that abortion remains a criminal offence in the Crimes Act 1900 (New South Wales) and 73% thought it should be decriminalised and regulated as a healthcare service. Support for decriminalisation was consistent across genders, age groups, … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Play confronts ‘grief for what might have been’

“Emily Steel and her partner Chris knew what their decision would be if they found out their unborn baby had Down’s syndrome. She told her loved ones about it, but she concedes that in ‘real life I tend to play my cards close to my chest’. That is until she made another decision, months later, that enabled her to confront ‘the depth of the emotion and the pain of it’. “It was 2016 and 12 … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Brisbane mother slams Catholic Church for ‘linking abortion with child abuse’

A woman with a child in a north Brisbane Catholic school, who recently had an abortion that went wrong, says the Catholic Church Diocese “overstepped its bounds” with a “highly misleading” newsletter about the state’s proposed new abortion law. The letter was sent to parents across 141 Catholic schools. It claimed – falsely – that the state government’s draft bill would allow “abortion until the day that a baby is born”. In fact, the bill … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania

Following on the heels of our report in the Campaign newsletter of 6 August 2018, on the lack of a provider of surgical abortions in Tasmania since January this year, the state government announced that a private provider would begin offering surgical abortions later this year. The announcement came as about 200 people rallied in Hobart in support of Angela Williamson, who had had to travel to Victoria earlier this year for a surgical abortion … Continued

TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA – Petition asking for support for affordable, accessible abortion across Australia

In July 2018, Angela Williamson posted a petition on the Change website asking for support in calling for affordable, accessible abortion in Australia. In it, she described her personal experience earlier this year of having been unable to obtain a surgical abortion in Tasmania and having to fly interstate for it, which cost her thousands of dollars. She sent out a personal tweet about her experience and was sacked from her job, and she then … Continued

TWO NEWS SHORTS: ANTI-ABORTION BEHAVIOUR REJECTED  

AUSTRALIA – Safe zones outside abortion clinics are welcome The New South Wales state government recently passed a law imposing a ban on anti-abortion protests outside abortion clinics. A commentary in response defends the ban by saying: “If you live in Victoria or one of the four other [Australian] states with such bans, then you won’t have seen one of these protests for a few years…. Still, I remember what the ‘protests’ looked like. They were … Continued

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