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The campaign to finally decriminalise abortion in Queensland is fast approaching the pointy end. The Health Committee’s report into Rob Pyne MP’s second bill is due to be tabled on Friday 17 February, with debate expected to start on 1 March in parliament.
Contact your MP
We urgently need supporters of these bills to contact their MPs.
You can find your state electorate here and the contact details of your local MP here, or click here to send an email right now to the office your MP.
Can you meet with your MP?
Other things you can do to support the campaign:
- Sign and share our change.org petition to the Queensland Parliament.
- Follow us Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with campaign actions and events, and share our content to help get the word out.
- Share your story – Young Queenslanders for the Right to Choose are collecting women’s abortion stories through their website, where you can submit yours anonymously if you like.
- Contact independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne to support him for showing the political courage to introduce a bill to repeal the law.
- Donate to the campaign – most of this work is being done by volunteers with no funding so anything you can contribute helps pay for printing, online resources and a bunch more.
Tips for talking or writing to your MP
Be clear and concise. Don’t use coarse language or insults.
Make sure you tell them you are a constituent in their electorate.
Explain why you want them to support decriminalisation. You might have a personal experience you’d like to share, or another factor that has influenced what you think about this issue.
Use facts, reliable evidence and data on the impact of the law and community opinion on abortion, among other things – you can find some sources on our resources page.
If your local MP is from the Labor Party, you might like to remind them that the party platform includes an undertaking to “ amend the law so that all legal distinctions between termination of pregnancy and other medical procedures are abolished by repealing sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Criminal Code.”
Conclude with what you want your MP to do about this issue (voting YES on the bill, being publicly supportive, etc).
If you are sending a letter or email, ask for a response and be sure to include your contact details. Many electorate offices will not respond unless you provide a postal address, even if you are contacting them via email.
If you have not received a response after one month you might like to call your MP’s office or contact them via social media to remind them about your letter and inquire as to when you are likely to receive a response.