NEW ZEALAND – Hundreds march for decriminalisation of abortion

Hundreds marched in Auckland to Parliament on 5 December 2018 to demand the decriminalisation of abortion. Despite a blustering squall, the crowd of about 300 rallied below the statue of former Prime Minister Richard Seddon on Parliament’s forecourt. They chanted “feminists unite, abortion is a right” and “We will not lose, give us the right to choose”. Placards had slogans such as “The choice is mine, it’s not a crime” and “A fetus is a fetus but a … 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

NEW ZEALAND – The Law Commission reports back to the government: ALRANZ’s analysis

During the national elections in NZ that elected Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister last year, she declared her intention to decriminalise abortion and change the law to treat abortion as a health matter. In February 2018, her Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, directed the Law Commission to report back to him in eight months with options for abortion law reform. The Law Commission’s 236-page report, Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law has now been published. It … 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

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