Petition to Senator Penny Wong, The Hon Julie Bishop, Senator Penny Wong, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Senator Claire Moore
Support the reproductive and sexual health rights of women and girls globally
Stand with us to ensure Australia’s funding commitment to reproductive and sexual health and rights is maintained and grown, as the US winds back support in this area. We stand united in opposition to the US-imposed Global Gag Rule, which undermines women’s health, rights and autonomy and support the Australian Government’s funding of reproductive and sexual health activities within the Australian aid program. Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions are leading killers of women and girls in developing countries, causing the deaths of 830 women each day. This need is close to home - in countries like Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. The Pacific has some of the worst reproductive and sexual health outcomes globally, with high rates of maternal and infant deaths, unintended and teenage pregnancies, sexual violence and unacceptably high rates of cervical cancer deaths. If we meet the need for modern contraception and quality care, unintended pregnancy would decline by 70% and unsafe abortions would decline by 74%. Sign the petition and write to your local member to urge the Australian Government to continue and grow international funding for programs that provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls in the Pacific.