An update on the proposed legislation, which could be enacted as early as next month, and its impact on abortion rights in the country.
article Updated November 17, 2019 15:43:38 Abortion rights campaigners have called for the government to immediately rescind its controversial new laws, which would impose new restrictions on abortion clinics and restrict access to them.
In a joint statement with the National Abortion Federation, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC), the group said the proposed law, which passed by an overwhelming margin in the Senate on Monday, was a dangerous step backwards.
“This law has the potential to put at risk women’s reproductive health and wellbeing, and is dangerously vague and broad, and can only be used to further restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion,” they said.
In a statement, ACOSS national president, Marlene Bancroft, said the new law “is about expanding the right to abortion across Australia” and was not a “medical exception”.
“It is also about increasing the costs of abortions for women and families, making it more difficult for them to access safe and effective abortion services and making it harder for women to access justice,” she said.
“These are not solutions to problems, they are solutions to new problems.
The laws have been condemned by medical experts and human rights groups as unconstitutional and ineffective, with one abortion clinic in Australia operating under an “undue hardship” exemption. “
The government must immediately stop this dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional legislation,” she added.
The laws have been condemned by medical experts and human rights groups as unconstitutional and ineffective, with one abortion clinic in Australia operating under an “undue hardship” exemption.
Bancrofts statement comes after two high-profile cases were dismissed by the Supreme Court last week.
In the first, a woman sought an abortion at an anti-abortion clinic in Sydney, but her application was rejected on the grounds of the law.
In Australia’s second case, a pregnant woman sought to have an abortion in New South Wales, but was told by doctors that her application would be refused on the basis of the legislation.
ACOSS and WLC have called on the federal government to withdraw the proposed laws, and have asked that all states, territories and Commonwealth jurisdictions implement similar restrictions.