Abortion law reform in Queensland and the Northern Territory, Australia

Queensland: Opposition MPs block two related bills introducing abortion law reform Queensland’s Liberal National Party decided unanimously not to support the second of a pair of bills reforming abortion law in the state, according to its leader. The two bills, introduced by independent MP Rob Pyne, sought to reform the criminal code to remove abortion as an offence. However, concerns had been raised that if only one of the two bills was passed, it could … Continued

Medical abortion in Australia: a short history

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Despite optimism from those who seek to improve women’s access to abortion, the increased availability of medical abortion has not yet addressed the disadvantage experienced by poor and non-metropolitan women. After telling the story of medical abortion in Australia, this paper considers the context through which it has become available since 201

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.

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