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.
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.
The Tabbot Foundation was first launched in Tasmania and is now moving to become a registered charity to ensure the service is sustained into the future. The Foundation’s website averages 120 hits a day, sometimes generates up to 90 calls a day and consults with between 30 and 40 patients each week.
The service, launched eight months ago, has so far provided more than 850 medical terminations, with many of its referrals coming from GPs.
The Green Party has pledged to make it safer, cheaper and easier for Australian women to get abortions in a $15 million election commitment, including support for the decriminalisation of abortion at state level and cutting out-of-pocket expenses through a review of rebates.