Abortion

Given that the advances in medical science mean that children are now capable of being born alive at 24 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy, would you support a review of section 82A(8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 which says that “evidence that a woman had at any material time been pregnant for a period of twenty-eight weeks or more shall be prima facie proof that she was at that time pregnant of a child capable of being born alive” with a view to bringing it into line with current medical science and so changing the period to 24 weeks?

Answer

 Labor Party Position: No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.

 

SA Best Position:There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.

 

The Greens Position: 

No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Federal Greens policy on abortion is:

Legal. Accessible. Affordable.

The Greens see affordable, universal health care as an investment, not a cost. Right now, access to sexual and reproductive health services including abortion can be expensive, are not always provided via public hospitals, and for rural women or low income women it can be very difficult.

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy it can be extremely difficult for some women to decide what is best for themselves and those around them. For other women the circumstances of their lives and the pregnancy make the decision more straight forward. We need prevention strategies to avoid unwanted pregnancies, but we also must make sure abortion is legal, accessible and affordable.

Our Plan

The Greens will invest $15 million over 4 years to improve access. We will:

Support decriminalisation of abortion under State law in NSW and Queensland, and the removal of criminal provisions in SA and WA where they still exist.

Increase access via public hospitals by establishing the Task Force on Abortion and Contraception funded at $2 million p.a. for 4 years who would work to clear the roadblocks to providing terminations through public hospitals.

Cut out-of-pocket costs for abortions. The first step would be a review to ensure Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) rebates are adequate to cover the true cost or terminations and examine better ways to offer contraception. Funding for the review would be $500,000.

Get accurate data on terminations provided in Australia. Funding would be $5 million to develop a nation-wide system of data collection in order to meet demand.

Supporting “truth in advertising” laws for pregnancy counselling services to support women to make a free choice without judgement, deception or anti-choice biases: See https://greens.org.au/accessible-abortion