News and media coverage

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If you’re pregnant and looking for information about your options, contact Children by Choice. They are a Queensland-wide all options pregnancy support service who can help with info, counselling, support and referrals, including for abortion.

Women’s abortion stories

If we don’t tell stories of who we are, others will tell stories of who we are not.

So often the public debate about abortion doesn’t actually include the voices of many people who’ve had abortions. People talk about them, but not to them. We think this is a serious problem. If you’ve formed an opinion on abortion solely based on what you were told in school or what you’ve heard in the media – that is, if you haven’t had an abortion or you don’t know the story of any actual real life person who has – then you might need to press pause on your opinion for a moment. More than one in four Australian women will have an abortion in their lifetime, so odds are that someone you know has had an abortion. If you can’t think of who this is, consider that if you’ve ever shared an opinion about how bad abortion is out loud, you might have been talking to a woman who’s had an abortion, and judging her without even knowing it. The Young Queenslanders For The Right To Choose have been collecting real life abortion experiences and publishing them over at their #myabortionstory blog. Please go and check it out.

Abortion facts

Check the Children by Choice website for comprehensive, evidence-based fact sheets on a range of abortion-related issues including Queensland and interstate laws, abortion statistics, attitudes to abortion, and the risks of abortion. You can also read the evidence briefs they compiled for the first inquiry by downloading the pdfs here:

If you’re looking elsewhere, make sure the claims being made are referenced, and that the source being quoted is reputable – for example, check that it’s a peer-reviewed journal, statistics are supported by government data, that data cited is Australian and recent enough to be relevant, and/or that news article is actually a factual piece of writing and not just somebody’s opinion. Unreferenced data is dangerous to rely on as you don’t know where it is coming from – the writer could have simply made it up.

On this campaign

Abortion Law Reform (Woman’s Right To Choose) Amendment Bill 2016:

Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016:

Queensland Law Reform Commission inquiry 2017-18:

Campaign actions and events

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Some of our supporter groups are activist-based and are running their own campaigns, actions and events on this issue too – and not all of them are specific to Brisbane. To check them out or find out how to get involved, follow:

Where does my MP stand?

Most MPs are reluctant to discuss their position on abortion, so we don’t know how a lot of them are going to vote when the issue comes before them next term of parliament.

A religious newspaper recently polled Queensland MPs on the bills and how they intended to vote, as did Fairfax, who published a table of MPs responses available to view here.

Further information on current MPs and candidates will possibly be available in the lead up to the next state election, as we expect the issue to be raised at candidates forums and in the press.