We are a grassroots collective think-tank of Australians from diverse backgrounds who came together over a shared need for quality conversation and discussion around abortion. We are women, doctors, counsellors, parents, social activists, students and everything in between.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NEW SOUTH WALES?
On 30 March 2017, Labor MP the Hon. Penny Sharpe introduced the Summary Offences Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2017.
- The Penny Sharpe bill abolishes Constitutional Rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of politcial discourse and freedom of speech.
- This bill bill includes a provision for safe zones around abortion clinics which would forbid any communication within the zone that is not in favour of abortion. These ‘safe zones’ would even criminalise the boyfriend or parents of a woman seeking abortion if they are found to be asking her not to undergo the procedure. Offenders may face a penalty of 6 months in goal.
- This bill limits women's choices and removes support from them when they are at their most vulnerable.
Read the full Bill here.
WHO IS CONCERNED?
Sharpe's bill is of major concern among medical professionals, social advocates, mental health professionals, lawyers, families and the wider community. Most importantly of all, it has raised serious objections among NSW’s women, particularly those who have experienced abortion themselves and find that the bill completely ignores their experiences. Too many women have experienced pressure, coercion, abuse, domestic violence, absence of true care and informed consent, and a general lack of information and support surrounding abortion and unplanned pregnancy.
It is vital that the NSW Parliament listens to the community’s voices as they consider such grave and potentially damaging legislation.
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY SAYING?
In April - May 2017, Galaxy Research carried out a Community Attitudes to Abortion poll of 1003 people in New OSuth Wales. The poll takes a deeper look at the complex issue of abortion, asking participants for their views on conscientious objection, late term abortion, counselling, medical care and more.
Access a complete copy of the poll, including all questions asked and methodology, here.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Take action TODAY. The bill may be voted within the coming weeks of 2017.