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.

Signed,

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Erin , 5083  /  signed 2020-06-22 16:48:14 +1000
Nadia , 5048  /  signed 2020-06-17 21:41:14 +1000
Gracie , 5223  /  signed 2020-06-14 17:09:13 +1000
Joanna , 5108  /  signed 2020-06-13 21:24:04 +1000
"As both a woman myself and working as a nurse caring for women undergoing terminations it is time that the laws in south Australia reflected the current needs of women accessing these services. Abortion is healthcare not criminal."
Stefan , 2830  /  signed 2020-06-05 09:11:33 +1000
Mardi , 2481  /  signed 2020-06-02 10:37:46 +1000
"Abortion is not criminal – it’s healthcare.
A man’s unwelcome ejaculation is not a woman’s responsibility.
What would be good about a baby being born to a parent/s who don’t want it, can’t raise it, aren’t ready for it?
Women should be the determiner of their bodies and their lives.

Don’t like abortions? Don’t get one."
Vic , 2107  /  signed 2020-05-19 21:44:25 +1000
"It is part of reducing the overpopulation of Australia as well as addressing the negative social outcomes of unwanted pregnancies."
Ama , 2782  /  signed 2020-04-17 16:43:44 +1000
"SA! Get with the times! Abortion NEEDS to be decriminalised NOW."
Jill , 6528  /  signed 2020-04-09 11:29:25 +1000
"Every human being has the right to decide for themselves on all matters pertaining to our own health, relationship and economic matters.
Banning abortion is misogynistic. Purposely enforcing laws that are misogynistic should be a legal in every country. Australia is supposed to be better than that. We are supposed to be above that sort of nonsense."
Alexandra , 6053  /  signed 2020-03-15 02:27:41 +1100
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