My body

MPs: My choice is no crime

Right now in Queensland and NSW abortion is still considered a crime. These cruel and degrading laws are increasing the distress and financial burden on women who need to terminate their pregnancy. And also mean people in need are frequently denied access to terminations at public hospitals. 

Anti-choice forces are working hard to keep it that way. 

But now there's an historic opportunity to change the law in Queensland - if we can build the pressure needed to ensure our representatives in parliament vote in line with the vast majority of Australians who support a woman's right to make decisions about her pregnancy. 

Can you join the campaign and help build the pressure by signing and sharing the petition?

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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. 

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.

It's expected NSW will also have further votes on this issue in coming months. First with a proposal from Penny Sharpe MLC around legislating safe access zones for abortion clinics. And there's also a risk that Fred Nile's legislation to create foetal personhood (which experts warn will act as a Trojan Horse to undermine abortion rights) could also be brought to a vote.

For more information and FAQs on abortion laws around Australia we recommend reading this information from Children By Choice.

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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.

Members of Parliament,

We urge you to vote to decriminalise abortion. 


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