MPs: My choice is no crime
Right now in Queensland and NSW abortion is still considered a crime.
In Queensland these outdated laws mean that women seeking to terminate their pregnancies are often denied treatments at hospitals - and face major barriers to access adequate reproductive healthcare.
The Queensland Government have just committed to introduce new legislation to decriminalise abortion following next year's state election. Before then we need to organise to make sure there's a pro-choice majority in the next parliament, and make the call for change in both Qld and NSW so loud that MPs can't ignore it.
Can you sign the petition to join the campaign and help show MPs that you support a woman's right to make decisions about her own body?
Right now Queensland's abortion laws are being used to deny women referrals and treatments for terminations at hospitals around the state.
One Queensland woman who had just been diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer was told she could not continue chemotherapy or surgery until she was no longer pregnant; but wouldn't provide her with an abortion. And this year Queensland's laws were used to force a 12-year-old girl to endure court proceedings in order to get permission to terminate a pregnancy.
For more information and FAQs on abortion laws around Australia we recommend reading this information from Children By Choice.
Women seeking abortions are being turned away from Queensland's hospitals, Buzzfeed News, 15 July 2016.
Pregnant 12-year-old given permission for abortion by Supreme Court, Brisbane Times, 26 April 2016.
Queensland abortion law bill rejected, but reform is still an 'open question', Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2016.