AUSTRALIA – New tele-abortion service opens, in wake of the closure of the Tabbot Foundation, especially for women in rural and regional areas

A new tele-abortion service, called Abortion Online, was launched in mid-October 2019 in New South Wales, which provides medical abortion consultations online or over the phone, removing the need to travel to an abortion clinic in person.

AUSTRALIA NSW – Abortion decriminalised in NSW after “mammoth debate”

There were emotional scenes in parliament as abortion was decriminalised in NSW. The New South Wales parliament has passed a law decriminalising abortion more than a century after it was included in the state’s criminal code. Overnight, the Upper House finally passed the bill and the next morning the Lower House approved its amendments. The state’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian was nowhere to be seen in the chamber when it happened, but said she would have … Continued

NSW AUSTRALIA – Law reform process in parliament postponed by NSW Premier due to anti-abortion pressure

A committee hearing in the upper house of the NSW parliament on the bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales (NSW) opened on 14 August. Religious leaders were among those giving evidence, including Sydney’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops, as well as Jewish, Maronite and Coptic Orthodox representatives. That same day, SBS News reported that two MPs who had voted against the bill had received death threats, which were being investigated by police. The committee … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service. In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request … Continued

NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA – The bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW has passed its first hurdle

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, a private member’s bill to take abortion out of the NSW criminal code, passed the lower house of the NSW Parliament late at night on 8 August 2019 after three long days of debate and several amendments. MPs voted in favour of the bill 59 to 31, with many cheering and clapping after it was passed. The bill now goes to the upper house. For the history leading … Continued

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