Write a letter to the editor

Letters to the editor are one of the best ways of getting your message seen by thousands of readers, especially politicians.

MPs regularly scan the local newspapers to gauge how people are responding to the issues of the day — and you can bet they’ll be closely scanning the papers in the lead up to the vote on the Government's proposed abortion law reforms next month.

Seeing that people care enough about sage and legal access to abortion care to write a letter to the editor, could go a long way in convincing undecided MPs to vote ‘yes’.

But there’s a limited amount of space in the media, and if we don’t get our message out there, the anti-choice message is the only one they’ll see. Messages like these ones in The Courier-Mail:

Photo of letters to the editor in The Courier-Mail

(Click here for an accessible version of the text)

Can you help counter the anti-choice message by writing a letter to the editor in support of safe and legal access to abortion care today?

Never written a letter before? No worries! We've prepared a handy how-to guide to guide you through the process step-by-step.

How to write your letter (click to view) 

The publication will want to verify who you are before publishing your letter, so remember to include the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your address (street, state and postcode)
  • Your contact number
  • Your email address
  • Most importantly, your letter!

Keep your letter brief, around 150–180 words is ideal.

Be courteous. You can be angry, but if you really want to get your point across it's best to avoid aggressive or offensive language.

Just choose one publication. The newspaper will be more likely to publish your letter, if they know it won't be published anywhere else.

Refer to a news article. If the paper has reported on this issue, refer to the story you read.

Be succinct. Make sure you get straight to the point, and only include essential information.

Proofread. If there's one thing that will reduce your changes of being published, it's spelling and grammatical errors. Why not see if a friend or family member can run their eyes over your letter before you send it off?

What to say (click to view) 

The best message will be one that's personalised and written in your own voice. But here are a few pointers to help you get started:

  • Make your letter personal. Explain why this issue is important to you. Have you faced difficulties trying to access abortion care in Queensland? Do you know a friend or family member who has?
  • State your view. Say that you strongly support a woman's right to decide what's right for her. Everyone should have access to the healthcare they need, when they need it.
  • Voice your concerns. Let people know what you think of Liberal-National Party MPs being bullied to vote against safe and legal abortion care.
  • Say what you want. Your Liberal-National MP might be reading your letter. Tell them that you want all MPs to have a conscience vote on this issue.

How to send your letter (click to view) 

Send the letter off to your local newspaper. Most publications have online forms for letters to the editor these days. We've linked to just a few of the major regional publications for you below: