Film Fundraiser A screening of Dawn Porter’s documentary Trapped, 28 Sept.
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 is a national human rights organisations whose mandate includes the protection and promotion of women’s reproductive rights. We have worked closely with Family Planning NT and What RU4 NT in relation to the proposed reforms. … Continued
“The Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act is 40 years old. It was written at a time when abortion was so stigmatised that the royal commission could openly design the law to force women to carry their pregnancies to term in most cases. Only the liberal interpretation of certifying consultants over the years has caused abortion to be more widely available than intended. Over the years, roughly 98% of abortions have been granted on mental health grounds.”
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.
“Dame Margaret Sparrow was 21 when she carried out her do-it-yourself abortion. The year was 1956; if you didn’t want a baby, there were few ways out. She sent away for an inky-black elixir from a chemist rumoured to know about such things, and it arrived in the post in a brown paper bag. “I have no idea what the mixture contained, whether it was a health risk or what the margin of safety was,” … Continued