Abortion Law Reform

13-Sep-2019

A reminder that tomorrow is the day to make your voice heard on abortion law reform.

Join ASMOF and the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance at Hyde Park at 11am to support the bill that regulates abortion as a health procedure instead of a criminal act. Speakers include Jane Caro, Dee Madigan, Larissa Behrendt and Wendy McCarthy

Get all the details on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2599777543399757/

Some members have asked if abortion law reform is a union issue?

The elected governing body of the union, our State Council, answered yes to this question by voting to support the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019.

The objectives of the union include protecting and promoting the welfare, advancement and security of all members and to advocate the provision and development of quality health services. Support for abortion law reform is clearly captured by these objectives.

Because abortion offences remain in the NSW Crimes Act, it means that women and their doctors can still be prosecuted for accessing or providing abortions.

The current law not only places an unfair burden on patients but also on doctors.

As the NSW Health Minster, Brad Hazzard said doctors have had to make decisions based on interpretations of the courts as to what the law allows which always leaves open the possibility that the doctor or the woman may be convicted under the Crimes Act. Women and doctors should have the 'absolute clarity of black and white legislation' around the issue.

In supporting the Bill ASMOF has joined a chorus of health organisations, unions and legal groups supporting abortion law reform.

The decriminalisation of reproductive health is a long overdue in NSW and without reproductive justice women, including ASMOF members, cannot have economic justice.

Reproductive health and rights should only be seen as a health issue and not a criminal one.

Reproductive health services should be accessible, safe and legal.

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 would help facilitate consistency with contemporary clinical standards. Importantly, this bill ensures health practitioners with a conscientious objection must refer a patient on, enabling her to receive the appropriate care.