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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Latest activity

Sue , 3140  /  signed 2020-01-23 02:58:40 +1100
Shirley , 5153  /  signed 2019-12-19 13:21:26 +1100
"Every girl or woman has the right to control her own reproductive health. Abortion must be decriminalised and legislation introduced to confirm this."
Roger , 5024  /  signed 2019-12-18 16:42:00 +1100
Jacinda , 3690  /  signed 2019-12-07 18:14:49 +1100
"Allowing women the right to choose what they do with their own body.. shouldn’t really b a thing??"
Amy , 5086  /  signed 2019-12-07 09:02:06 +1100
Helen , 5082  /  signed 2019-12-06 12:58:05 +1100
"As a woman, I want the right to make an informed decision about my own health and body."
Susan , 5022  /  signed 2019-12-06 00:27:32 +1100
Janis , 5011  /  signed 2019-12-05 20:26:56 +1100
"This is a very important issue to me, on because of women who don’t get a choice – if they fall pregnant because they are victims of rape, or victims of bullying because of religious beliefs, or if the unborn child has a high chance of medical abnormalities – these women have the right to choose to abortion without embarrassment, without shame. If I was in a positions where I’ve discovered that I’m pregnant and faced with a decision to keep or have the child, because of difficult choices or circumstances, I would like to think I would be available resources and support in such a time for what is already a difficult time."
Bernice , 5093  /  signed 2019-11-28 19:16:32 +1100
Jean , 5006  /  signed 2019-11-26 12:49:38 +1100
"Abortion is healthcare. If a woman consents to abortion, that is sufficient. Parliament has no business interfering in her health decisions."
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