SA: It's time to decriminalise abortion

We all deserve to feel safe and in control of our lives, but right now archaic abortion laws deny South Australians the right to make decisions about their own healthcare. They particularly hurt women living in rural areas.

The SA Law Reform Institute has recommended that these laws be changed - to finally recognise abortion as a health issue, and to provide protections from harassment at clinics.

Laws to finally affect this change are expected to be put to an individual "conscience" vote by MPs next year. And recent fights in Queensland and NSW have proven that we can't take progress for granted. We're going to need a massive community campaign to ensure this passes the parliament - can you help make that happen by signing up to the campaign, and asking your friends to join you?


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Right now a woman in South Australia doesn’t have the legal right to seek to terminate her pregnancy. Instead, abortion is only legal if two doctors agree that a woman’s physical or mental health is endangered by pregnancy, or for a serious foetal abnormality. (You can find out more here)

The Institute's recommendations include:
- A woman's autonomy and best health care should be respected and promoted,
- consistent with general health law and practice, that an abortion can be undertaken legally with the involvement of one health practitioner
- Doctors who personally object to providing abortion care will not be required to do so, but must minimise disruption to patient care, and never be used to intentionally impede access to abortion,
- Providing safe zones of 150 metres to protect patients and staff from intimidation and obstruction.

You can read the Law Reform Institute's statement in full here.

This opportunity for reform comes off the back of years of work driven by advocates like the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition. It's going to take all of us, working together, to get this done. Are you in?

To all members of the  South Australian Parliament,

A woman knows what is best for her health, her body and her family. She should be able to access safe and legal abortion care if she needs it.

We urge you to vote to decriminalise abortion, and legislate for safe access to facilities providing this healthcare.


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Gemma , 3191  /  signed 2020-09-23 21:52:20 +1000
Melian , 2131  /  signed 2020-09-23 15:38:38 +1000
Mark , 5081  /  signed 2020-09-23 11:59:31 +1000
"This is a health issue, not a political issue. Take decisions about abortion out of the hands of male politicians and give it back to women and their health professionals."
Belinda , 5241  /  signed 2020-09-23 11:50:38 +1000
Glenda , 5211  /  signed 2020-09-23 09:41:13 +1000
Elly-may , 5164  /  signed 2020-09-23 09:26:11 +1000
"Women deserve the right to have control over what happens to their bodies and that includes safe and affordable access to abortions."
Bridget , 5260  /  signed 2020-09-22 21:48:42 +1000
Kathrine , 5037  /  signed 2020-09-22 18:32:14 +1000
"Women have the right to control what happens to their body. Women have a right to safe legal abortions without been harassed at clinics ."
Pierre , 5075  /  signed 2020-09-22 15:57:50 +1000
"Women deciding to have an abortion need to be protected by law. It’s their decision, it’s their body, their choice."
Travis , 5000  /  signed 2020-09-22 07:52:04 +1000
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