We spent the day with pro-choice pregnancy counsellors in a state where abortion is still a crime, Queensland, Australia

“She was with the guy for a month, but noticed the red flags for domestic violence… he was throwing things and getting controlling so she ended the relationship, which is really good.” It is 9am and the phones are ringing … Continued

Stop Press: Australia Northern Territory Parliament passes new abortion law

THREE members of Australia’s Northern Territory Parliament – Sandra Nelson, Ngaree Ah Kit and Selena Uibo –  shared their stories of making the difficult choice to terminate pregnancies during the debate on proposed legislation to reform the abortion law, which … Continued

Discussion paper on the termination of pregnancy law reform in the Australian Northern Territory

  In December 2016, the Northern Territory Government published a Discussion Paper that contains various proposals to reform abortion laws in the Territory. The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposed reforms. The HRLC … Continued

Consequences of abortion law reform in Victoria, Australia: perspectives of 19 abortion providers

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In Victoria, Australia, abortion was decriminalised in October 2008, bringing the law in line with clinical practice and community attitudes. However, according to interviews with 19 abortion service providers from a range of health care settings and geographic locations in the state in 2014-15, while abortion law reform was a positive event, it was perceived to have changed little about the provision of abortion.

In Australia Queenslanders rejects bill to decriminalise abortion as ‘not good enough’

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On 26 August 2016, a report of the bipartisan committee of the Queensland Parliament inquiring into abortion law reform in the state was released. The committee found itself unable to make a recommendation that the Pyne bill be passed by Parliament as “it failed to address a number of important policy issues and to achieve a number of its own stated objectives”.

Australia: Tabbot Foundation provides first 1,000 safe abortions by phone and doctors call for country GPs to be ‘one-stop shop’ abortion providers

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Two strories: The Tabbot Foundation safely provided their first 1,000 medical abortions through their telephone abortion service on 9 August, just 300 days after their launch. And, access to medical abortion pills is limited in Australia by the fact that relatively few general practitioners (GPs) offer the service, and some young women, particularly in rural areas, are still not even aware they may use the pills instead of having a surgical abortion.

Abortion law reform bill has its second reading and 1,000 safe abortions via telemedicine in New South Wales, Australia

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On 11 August, New South Wales Green MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, gave the second reading speech for the Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Upper House of the New South Wales (NSW) parliament. It is the first abortion law reform bill in NSW history. The text of the bill and explanatory notes can be found here.

Australia: Doctors’ fears of the bill to decriminalise abortion in Queensland unfounded

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Independent Queensland MP Rob Pyne has tabled a private member’s bill calling for abortion to be removed from the state’s criminal code.Public hearings to discuss the bill are due to be held across the state in the coming months, with the committee reporting back to the state parliament with its findings and recommendations by 26 August. Both major parties have already said they would allow their MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

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