My body

MPs: My choice is no crime

Right now in Queensland and NSW abortion is still considered a crime.

Anti-choice forces are working hard to keep it that way. In fact, NSW Parliament has just voted down a Bill that would have decriminalised abortion, and a scheduled vote in Queensland was scuppered earlier this year.

But there are new votes on this issue planned in both states. Before they take place, we need to build the pressure on our representatives in parliament to vote in line with the vast majority of Australians who support a woman's right to choose.

Can you help by signing and sharing the petition to help show MPs that you support a woman's right to make decisions about her own body?

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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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Nerina , 4564  /  signed 2017-08-15 12:21:25 +1000
Lyn , 2777  /  signed 2017-08-08 21:32:23 +1000
"A Woman’s body is her own, As such, it is imperative that only SHE should choose what happens to it,"
Edna , 2002  /  signed 2017-08-08 17:16:46 +1000
Daniel , 2070  /  signed 2017-08-06 14:53:41 +1000
McKenzie , 4103  /  signed 2017-07-31 23:09:25 +1000
Helen , 2280  /  signed 2017-07-25 07:33:32 +1000
"Women should have the choice when it comes to their body. It is not up to men to decide."
Kerry , 2290  /  signed 2017-07-25 05:12:48 +1000
"Let a woman not men decide what to with their own body when it comes to making a decision about pregnancy."
Yvonne , 2017  /  signed 2017-07-24 22:19:06 +1000
Margaret , 3691  /  signed 2017-07-24 22:17:07 +1000
"I am a woman. I have a daughter. I have female friends. They all have brains and can make their own decisions. Men should just get out of the way."
Louise , 4070  /  signed 2017-07-24 22:00:27 +1000
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