Hi folks. We’re not planning on making a habit of this, but some issues are too pressing, too important, to remain silent about. So here we are.
We have watched with great dismay and disgust the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1972. This is a terrible thing for reproductive rights, for women in America and for humanity everywhere. It does not directly affect us in Australia, although it may serve to embolden certain conservative voices over here.
To our American friends and allies, we offer our empathy and our support. We see you, and we are here for you.
Ironically, the recent American decision returns that country to a situation not unlike that in Australia: the laws are different in every state.
First off, this article has a good summary of the laws surrounding abortion in each state (you will need to scroll down past the story to find it). There are a lot of common features, but every state has its own peculiarities. In addition, this summary does not include information about the exclusion zones surrounding clinics (i.e. the areas in which anti-abortion protestors are not permitted to gather), so we have briefly summarised it below:
- No Exclusion Zone: NT, SA & WA
- 50m Exclusion Zone: ACT
- 150m Exclusion Zone: NSW, QLD, TAS & VIC
If you are in need, or think you might be in need, of an abortion, there are places you can reach out to and people you can talk to about this:
- ACT — Sexual Health and Planning ACT
- NSW — Family Planning NSW
- NT — Family Planning NT
- QLD — Children by Choice
- SA — Shine SA
- TAS — Family Planning Tasmania
- VIC — 1800 My Options
- WA — Sexual Health Quarters
Finally, if you find yourself filled with rage and horror at the Supreme Court’s decision and what it might mean for Australia, there are constructive things you can do with your anger. The fight to ensure reproductive rights is far from over in Australia: our existing rights need to be protected, maintained and extended. Here are some folk who will be glad of your help:
- The Human Rights Law Centre
- South Australian Abortion Action Coalition
- Emily’s List Australia
- Amnesty International
Please note that none of these lists are complete, and we welcome additional suggestions to add to them.
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