DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is.
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The Bill was referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry. The public submissions on the Bill are available to read.

The Senate Committee inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 21 May 2013
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Tassie Abortion Push

The public submission period of the Tasmanian legalising abortion push has been extended to 5 April 2013. 

Jacquie Petrusma MP is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortions. 

More than 80 people attended a silent protest against the proposed abortion law changes according to a report in the Examiner. 

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.” Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne is behind the legislation.O’Byrne is a member of Emily’s List, the group of Labor women who support abortion.

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

Action: Tasmanian MP Jacquie Petrusma is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortion. To sign the petition click here. The closing date to sign the petition is 10 April. As at 26 March, 825 people had signed the petition.

Action: makeastand.org.au is asking people to write to their MP voicing opposition to the proposed abortion laws. As of March 26, 2013 more than 1000 people had used this service. 

For hard copies of the Govt documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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The Choice

The ACL reports that Australian filmmaker Don Parham has released a short documentary on abortion entitled  The ChoiceThe Choice interviews six individuals – five women and one man – about their own experiences of abortion. It delves into the complex issues surrounding abortion and gives an honest and non-judgemental perspective of the associated difficulties. For more and for info on how to purchase the DVD click here. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is. 
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry.

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the parties to allow the bill to be debated.

See story published in the Sydney Morning Herald “Senator pushes to remove funding for abortions” by Lenore Taylor, Feb 27.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write a submission to the inquiry. For details on the inquiry and ways to make a submission click here. The submission deadline is 24 April 2013, The inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Jade Lewis Second Chance Day

On 14 May 2013 the Second Chance Day will be held as part of the Yellow Ribbon Project which exists to give women prisoners a second chance at life.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Sexualisation of Children

An investigation into the sexualisation of young children is underway in WA after the State Parliament ordered the Children’s commissioner to tackle the emerging problem, reported the West Australian on 27 Oct 2012. (Watchdog to toughen protection for Kids, by Daniel Emerson). Laws governing billboards, the use of minors in advertising will be scrutinised. Ms Scott has to report in January to the Parliamentary Committee with recommendations. She will be focusing on the Criminal Code. 

 In March 2012 the Hon Nick Goiran, who has been advocating for an inquiry, moved a motion on the sexualisation of children in the legislative council. For the West Australian story click here.

Meanwhile the Australian Christian Lobby has launched a renewed national campaign to make outdoor advertising G rated.  ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said “we must protect our children from forming unhealthy attitudes toward women and sex.”

The ACL also reports on a speech by Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley on the importance of addressing the sexualisation of children through highly sexualised advertising.

 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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New Church of England Head

The next Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, Justin Welby has urged the Church’s general synod to vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops, according to the Guardian. He said he also would listen carefully to the point of view of homosexual believers. “I also know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] communities and examine my own thinking carefully and prayerfully,” he said. “I am always averse to the language of exclusion, where what we are called to is to love in the same way that Jesus Christ loves us. Above all, in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed in honesty and in love.”

For story in the Guardian click here

To watch a video message from the Bishop click here

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Ireland’s first abortion clinic opens

On Oct 18 2012 Ireland’s first abortion clinic was opened to protests from Catholics and Protestants. It is operated by international abortion conglomorate Marie Stopes. About 200 people protested as the doors opened to the Belfast clinic waving placards reading “Keep Ireland abortion free”. It will offer the abortion pill to women who are less than 9 weeks pregnant if doctors determine the woman is at risk of death or long-term health damage from their pregnancy. Ireland maintains strong laws to prevent abortion compared to other countries such as the US or Australia. For story click here.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Gillard Pledges Abortion Support

The Australian Prayer Network Oct 2012 newsletter reports that Australian PM Gillard told a dinner held by the Australian Medical Association that vigilance was required to “protect the progress we’ve made, particularly in women’s health. Women must have the right to choose,” she said. In her “misogyny” speech in Parliament on 8 Oct Gillard blasted Abbott for his abortion views.

For story from the Australian Prayer Network click here.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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People trafficking into Australia

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has released its second Trafficking in persons monitoring report and a research paper, People trafficking in Australia.

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Gillard Government was serious about tackling people trafficking which is why new laws to criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking were introduced into the Parliament.

“These reports show that people are not only trafficked for sex but for forced labour, servile marriage and domestic servitude,” Ms Roxon said.

Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said the vast majority of trafficking victims were women trafficked for sexual exploitation (68% of police investigations and 81.4% of program clients).

For Govt press release click here.

For AIC report, Trafficking in Persons monitoring report: January 2009-June 2011 click here.

For AIC report, People Trafficking in Australia click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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