There is a current official Parliamentary Petition against changes to abortion law in Queensland. It is vital that this petition reaches as many signatures as possible over the coming weeks.
WHO CAN SIGN?
Anyone currently residing in Queensland.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Anyone currently residing in Queensland can sign the petition, You do not have to be over 18.
HOW DO I SHARE THE PETITION?
You can share the direct link from here: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2856
2. Write to your local State Member of Parliament
One of the most time efficient ways to influence our MP's is to write to them expressing your concerns and opposition to damaging abortion laws.
WHY HAND WRITTEN?
Experience shows Queensland that a hand written letter is taken far more seriously and is far more likely to reach the actual desk of an MP than an email or phone call. MP's are very bsuy people and phone calls and emails only interupt their packed schedules. A letter (preferably hand written but typed with your signature is acceptable also) makes much more of an impact.
WHO IS MY LOCAL MP?
Many people are unsure who their local State Member of Parliament is. Bear in mind that in Queensland your local Member may have changed recently owing to the State Election in November 2017 with the introduction of new electorate boundaries. You can confirm who your local MP is by calling the Queensland Electoral Commission on 1300 881 665.
HOW CAN WE GET MORE LETTERS?
Why not gather a group together to write letters? Encourage your friends and family to take a few moment to sit down and write a brief letter. Address and stamp them and post them off!
Do’s and Don’ts for writing a letter
DO Keep it brief. MP’s are very busy people and will not have time to read very long correspondance.
DO be sensitive. Abortion is a very emotive issue and it’s important to use respectful language and avoid violent descriptions, language or imagery.
DO include your full residential address so that the MP can ensure that you are a Queensland resident.
DO tell a personal story. Perhaps you’ve had an abortion, or know someone who has. Maybe you’ve spent time supporting women experiencing unplanned pregnancy. Or you could have seen friends and families go through challenging situations relating to pregnancy.
DO ask friends and family members to write their own letters or make their own calls.
DON’T use religious arguments. Not everyone is religious or follows the same religion that you do, so it is best to use secular discussion to get your point across.
DON’T make personal attacks. This is a very sensitive issue and it is important to remember that there are a variety of perspectives. Keeping discussion open and respectful is key.
DON’T forget the community. Many people are concerned only for the unborn child and while expressing this forget the effect of abortion on women, medical professionals and the community.
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