Greens MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi, is campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW. Learn more about the campaign at the Decriminalise Abortion page on Faruqi’s website.
Debate vs Inquiry and “Reasonable Debate” as a silencing tactic
Debate is not inquiry. Argument is not skepticism. Fetishizing debate makes us less knowledgeable as a culture and even as a movement, not more.
<okay, sure, we’ve been having these debates for decades now. But let’s dredge it up again. Let’s treat the basic bodily autonomy of people with uteruses** as a subject that’s up for discussion, a subject that reasonable people can disagree about. And let’s be calm and reasonable about it.
Fetal personhood in NSW: “an issue that should be of serious concern to all of us”
Health lawyer Julie Hamblin opposes fetal personhood in NSW on the grounds that even limited recognition of fetal personhood, combined with the legal grey area of abortion access, would to allow someone to challenge access to abortion in NSW.
Reproductive rights round-up: NSW, Vic, SA, Tas
Fetal personhood legislation progressing through parliament in NSW while failing in South Australia. Tasmania adopts Victoria-like access to legal abortion, but the campaign to repeal part of Victoria’s abortion access heats up. And the USA demonstrates the uses to which fetal personhood can be put.
Fetal personhood (“Zoe’s Law”) before NSW Parliament
The stated intent of Zoe’s Law is to allow separate prosecution of injury to a fetus, following the death of Zoe Donegan (stillborn at 32 weeks gestation) in 2009 after Zoe’s mother Brodie was hit by a van. However, the bill has been introduced by an anti-abortion politician, and there are grave concerns about its potential interpretation, particularly “an unborn child is taken to be a living person”. Coalition and ALP members have been granted a conscience vote on Zoe’s law.
The rise of fetal personhood notions in WA politics
Things are not looking great in Western Australia for the rights of pregnant people at the moment. Yesterday we had this: Unborn babies given recognition in new laws Causing the death of an unborn child will be viewed similar to… Read More ›