10/12/2013 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
11/12/2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
15/12/2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
22/12/2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
01/01/2014 (All day)
Rally for Abortion Rights
When a young woman and her partner face going to jail for an abortion— it’s time to act! Rally at 12pm, 9 October, Town Hall!
A young Queensland couple goes to trial on October 12, charged under archaic abortion laws that should not exist - abortion is not a crime.
The charges relate to the use of RU486, an abortion drug, which they obtained from relatives overseas. RU486 is considered a safe, legal treatment in Australia.
However, distribution of RU486 remains tightly controlled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
The Queensland government has indicated that the case relates to the importation of the drug and safety concerns about the use of RU486 at home. Why then have the couple been charged under the abortion laws? Abortion remains in the criminal code in both NSW and QLD. However common law rulings have established “lawful” grounds for abortion when a woman’s physical or mental health is at risk. We are calling for all abortion laws to be repealed from the NSW Crimes Act. This is very relevant for people in NSW as the QLD Criminal Code 1899 Sections 224-226 (which relate to abortion) and the NSW Crimes Act 1900, Sections 82-84 (also relating to abortion), are almost identical.
Many before us have fought for the right to choose abortion. It’s time for us to stand up and defend these rights. These rights are now under attack by those who would have us go back to the dark ages of backyard abortions!
Join people from Jura Books at the National Day of Action on 9 October! 12pm at Town Hall. For more info check out http://www.waac.org.au
You can also help by signing the online petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Stop-the-abortion-prosecution/. You'll see that people from around the world are signing! Please forward the petition to your friends and promote it on your Facebook and MySpace pages etc. The deadline for signatures is October 1.
There are lots of leaflets and posters for the National day of Action at the Sydney Uni Postgrad Associtaion for anyone who would like to help publicise the NDA - contact Marg Kirkby on 9351 3715 (SUPRA) for more information.