SA MPs: vote yes to decriminalise abortion

Legislation to provide safe, legal and compassionate access to abortion care in South Australia is being debated by SA parliament.

The proposed bill would remove abortion from SA’s criminal laws, and instead regulate it as a health matter - with rules similar to those already in place in Victoria and Queensland.

The change is desperately needed - and with each member of parliament expected to be casting an individual 'conscience' vote on the Bill, whether or not it becomes law could come down to just a handful of votes. 

When it comes to access to abortion care - recent history has proven we can't take progress for granted. We're going to need to show decision makers strong community support to ensure this passes the parliament. Will you register your support for safe, legal and compassionate access to abortion care?

 

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We all deserve to feel safe and in control of our lives, but right now archaic abortion laws deny South Australians the legal right to decide they need a termination. 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)

 

We all deserve to feel safe and in control of our lives - and to make decisions about our own reproductive healthcare.

Add your name to show your support for the bill to decriminalise abortion - and provide safe, legal and compassionate access to abortion care in SA.

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Angela , 4870  /  signed 2021-01-19 07:40:25 +1100
"Being a South Australian I see the importance of such a progressive state also fixing old laws for female reproductive freedom. Making difficult choices to have an abortion should not be made worse by categorising abortion’s as illegal."
Georgia , 5091  /  signed 2021-01-08 14:28:12 +1100
Emily , 5096  /  signed 2021-01-02 04:57:36 +1100
Ashlea , 5010  /  signed 2020-12-11 09:29:15 +1100
Emily , 5000  /  signed 2020-12-03 07:22:50 +1100
"This legislation is outdated – I didn’t even know I didn’t hold full rights to make this decision about my own body and think it is appalling. Regulation of abortion treatment should address any concerns of opposition to this change."
Burcu , 5085  /  signed 2020-12-02 14:07:44 +1100
"The change will help to normalise women’s health care, and our right to safe reproductive health care."
Denise , 4510  /  signed 2020-12-01 22:32:54 +1100
Taylor , 2600  /  signed 2020-12-01 22:29:04 +1100
Natalie , 5087  /  signed 2020-12-01 16:48:30 +1100
"My body, my choice.

Harm and risk reduction for everyone.

People who do not approve of abortions – should not have abortions… and should also keep their opinions out of other peoples uteri."
Sarah , 5158  /  signed 2020-11-24 13:54:58 +1100
"The current laws deny a woman’s right to self-determination and bodily autonomy. Access to safe abortion is a basic human right.

The decision to terminate a pregnancy should be made by the person who is pregnant. The woman is the expert in her own life and knows what she wants and if she wishes to or is able to parent at the time of the pregnancy. The woman is the person whose life is impacted the most if the pregnancy is continued (energy levels, bodily and health changes, ongoing linkages with domestic violence perpetrators through court/custody disputes, reduced income from working less due to caring for a child).

Women make decisions re: pregnancy with kindness, compassion and support and must be shown the same in return. Decision making during pregnancy is already such an excruciatingly difficult time for women. Women are faced with a myriad of situations inclusive and not limited to family violence, mental health challenges, grief and loss, relationship losses and changes in resources (unemployment). Many of these occur during a pregnancy and are considered carefully by women in decision making.

EXAMPLE:
A women may be parenting very young children and had suffered through Post Natal Depression, only to find that she is suddenly pregnant again due to failed contraception. It should be this woman’s choice if she wishes to end this pregnancy in order to preserve her energy, mental health and to enable her to focus on parenting her other younger children.

Everyone has a very unique set of circumstances and life story and we need to trust that a woman knows her own situation best and that she is the expert in her own life.

In addition to this, unplanned pregnancies impact upon relationships and add enormous stressors to a couple. Women need the choice to decide whether they wish to parent (this is a basic human right).

Abortion is health care….there is nothing criminal about it…….and until we decriminalise, we are adding to the stigma……..this stigma is what silences some women from sharing their experiences and from seeking the support, love and compassion they need from friends, family and health professionals."
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