Together for Choice: FAQs

What is the abortion law in Queensland?

Abortion is in the Criminal Code in Queensland. These laws make it a crime to perform an abortion, access an abortion, or supply drugs or instruments to be used in an abortion; unless it is necessary to prevent serious danger to a woman’s physical or mental health.

These archaic and out-of-touch laws create huge barriers to abortion access for Queenslanders, and mean that women are frequently refused help at public hospitals. They increase the distress, danger and financial burden on Queenslanders who need to terminate their pregnancy, particularly women in rural areas - who will often have to wait weeks, and travel hundreds of kilometres away from their support system, at great expense, to access the healthcare they need.

 

Can Queenslanders still access abortion?

Abortion can still be accessed in Queensland - but the physical and financial barriers can be extreme, particularly for people living in rural areas. And often a woman can only access an abortion if her doctor is willing to risk their career to provide it.

Under the current system, public hospitals rarely ever provide abortion. It means most women in need rely on private clinics and day surgeries, and a small number of GPs.

The out-of-pocket costs attached to these services can make access very difficult for some women. Those costs can be anywhere from $250 to $4000 depending on how many weeks pregnant the woman is, and where she lives. 

In addition to the high cost barriers, many rural Queenslanders also have to travel hundreds of kilometres to get to their nearest abortion provider.

Although medical abortion is now available through some GPs, there is no public list of certified prescribers so finding a general practice that offers medical abortion can be difficult. This lack of clear information also impacts on Queensland women’s ability to access a pregnancy termination.

 

What are the party positions on abortion?

Parliamentary votes on abortion are traditionally dealt with as a free, personal vote (or "conscience votes").

That means that individual MPs is not bound to vote in line with their party’s position on the issue, but instead can cast a individual vote. 

This means that each of the 93 MPs in Queensland state parliament will be asked to make a personal decision about their support for the proposed new legislation; and the vote could be decided by a single MP's vote.

 

Is this campaign affiliated with any political party?

No Fair Agenda is an independent and non-partisan campaigning organisation. Our community is 37,000 strong (and growing) and our members come from all backgrounds and walks of life. 

Together we're advocating for pro-choice policies that will help to create better reproductive healthcare access for Queenslanders.

Our campaigns often focus on political issues, but our positions are focused on people, not partisan politics.

 

How can I get involved?

You can sign up to join the campaign on the Together for Choice homepage here.

If you have already signed up and are ready to take action - head on over to our ‘take action’ page by clicking here.

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