Petition to Annastacia Palaszczuk, Jackie Trad, Yvette D'Ath
Make abortion legal in Queensland in 2017.
Make abortion legal in 2017. Abortion is still a crime in Queensland, even though 80% of people support a woman's right to decide. Queensland parliament recently failed to pass legislation to decriminalise and regulate abortion. Instead, the premier, deputy-premier and attorney-general promised to refer the issue to the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) and enact legislation based on the QLRC's report, in the next term of government. So far this referral hasn't been made, and there's every possibility it will report back too late for legislation to be introduced this year. Join us to call for the referral to be made to the QLRC now, for it to report quickly, and for a public commitment that legislation to decriminalise abortion will be introduced in this term of parliament, this year. Having abortion on the criminal code gives weight to anti-abortion stigma, takes away the legitimacy of women deciding for themselves whether or when to have children, and puts that decision-making power in the hands of doctors who must make a judgement about the physical and mental health impact of continuing or terminating the pregnancy. It empowers anti-abortion forces – most importantly in hospitals, where access to abortion is severely restricted. It means that most people requiring abortion must pay more and travel further, to access abortion in one of the free-standing private clinics. This situation is unjust, and out of keeping with the values of the majority of Queenslanders. It is not good enough to push it off into the never-never. No-one knows what the composition of the next parliament will be or who will be in a position to put any abortion-related bills forward. However, since this is the path that has been promised, we want the QLRC referral to be made now. We want to ensure that it reports quickly. And we want this parliament, this term, under this government, to legislate to decriminalise abortion. The parliamentary health committee has already twice conducted extensive hearings into the legislation, receiving submissions from psychological, medical, legal and ethical experts, women, women's rights and health care consumer advocates, abortion providers and numerous others. The 2002 Report of the Taskforce on Women and the Criminal Code advocated decriminalisation of abortion. While the QLRC will need to conduct its own research, it will have these reports, along with reports of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and those prepared for the Tasmanian parliament all available to it. Those who made submissions to the parliamentary health committee would be well placed to make submissions to the QLRC within a short timeframe. The QLRC has a staff of 4, with only one other report currently underway. So a timeframe of 6 months for the report, which would potentially allow the matter to be dealt with in the term of the current parliament, would be quite reasonable. We therefore request Premier Palaszczuk, Deputy-Premier Trad and Attorney-General D'Ath to ensure the immediate referral of this issue to the QLRC, with a timeframe for reporting of no more than six months, and to make a public commitment to introduce legislation to decriminalise abortion within the current term of government. Anything else is just transparent delaying tactics. We want reproductive justice and we want it now.
Petition to Mayor Sandra Goudie, The Chairperson, Rod Carpinter
Stop Abortion Harassment in Thames
The problem Voice for Life has for many years in Thames held a protest on Friday mornings aimed at women seeking an abortion at the Thames hospital. Their signs and their message undermine women's right to an abortion, undermine a woman's right to choose and are intimidating and harassing. No woman seeking healthcare, no matter the procedure, should be subjected to an attack on her right to that health care metres from the hospital entrance. The anti-abortion protests are indiscriminate harassment of women seeking a legal abortion, they are harassment of all women in the community who have had an abortion in their life (1 in 4 NZ women, and approximately 13,000 per year) and undermine respect for women and women's rights. The solution We are asking the Thames-Coromandel District Council, the Waikato District Health Board and the Police to take action to stop this harassment of women by Voice for Life and create a safe environment for all women accessing important healthcare services in Thames. The community and our supporters need to take positive action to ensure women in Thames can safely and secure access abortion services without being intimidated or harassed. More about abortion access in Aotearoa New Zealand. Abortion is regulated as a crime, not a health matter, in Aotearoa NewZealand.According to the Crimes Act 1961, until the 20th week of pregnancy,abortion is only legal if two specially appointed doctors (called certifyingconsultants) agree that one of the following is the case: (i) that continuingthe pregnancy risks serious danger to the life or physical or mental health ofthe woman; (ii) that there’s a substantial risk the child “would be sophysically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped”; (iii) wherethe pregnancy is the result of incest or sex with a guardian; (iv) where thepregnant “woman or girl is severely subnormal”.Rape (called “sexual violation” under the law) and extreme ages of the girlor woman may be taken into account, but are not grounds for abortion.After the 20th week of pregnancy abortion is only legal to save the life ofthe woman, or to prevent serious permanent injury to her physical ormental health.Danger to Mental Health was the legal ground used to approve for more than 97% of all abortions in 2014. Women should be trusted by the law and the community to make the best decision for them and their families.
Petition to Auckland University Student Association
Ban "Pro-Lifers" At The University of Auckland
Having seen the "Pro-Life" Group at the University Harassing Students and putting angry Anti Abortion Slogans around, we are now advocating for the AUSA to dis-affiliate with this group. This is NOT a student group - it is a HATE group and does nothing to benefit or help students. AUSA should not be associating with it! The Pro-Life Group: 1) Write angry and aggressive signs with misconstrued facts around the University about Anti-Abortion 2) Harass students - this makes the University an unsafe place 3) Do not take into account the differences in peoples beliefs and situations 4) Their advocating for lack of choice is damaging to men AND women You can make a change - sign the petition to get AUSA to dis-affiliate and make the university a better place