OUR POINTERS FOR
Making a Submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission
& Having a Voice in Abortion Law Reform
Your say matters to the Queensland Law Reform Commission currently tasked with eventually drafting a bill on ‘abortion law reform’ for the state.
They’ve asked anyone who has experience with abortion, unplanned pregnancy, or medical practice in Queensland or interstate to submit documents to inform them on how potential new abortion laws should be written.
WHY MAKE A SUBMISSION?
Our community deserves the best and our research shows that women already have ample access to termination in Queensland but suffer greatly due to lack of decision making support and not being provided with real, caring options.
How to submit
(07) 3247 9045
Queensland Law Reform Commission
PO Box 13312 George Street Post Shop
What to submit
So, there are specific Terms of Reference that your submission should seek to abide by insofar as it answers one or more of the questions on page v-vii here:
It’s important to remember that it’s not whether there should be abortion law at all. Look upon it as the Commission asking: ‘What does the ideal abortion law look like?’
SO HAVE A THINK:
- How do you think abortion should be regulated, if at all?
- What legal safeguards would you like to see to ensure that women facing unplanned or problematic pregnancy in Australia are given the full range of support, options and care?
ANSWERING THE COMMISSION’S QUESTIONS
By answering the Commission’s questions, (found at the end of this doc,) you can utilise this rare opportunity to have a say in the future of abortion laws in Queensland.
HOW MANY QUESTIONS DO I HAVE TO ANSWER?
You can answer as many or as few questions as you like. You can choose to answer whichever questions are most relevant to your interests, background and concerns.
Consultation with multiple Medical Practitioners….
Reasons for Abortion...
Feel free to mention other areas of concern
e.g. POST ABORTION COUNSELLING...
You may share your thoughts on who should provide this counselling, when it should be offered, and what qualifications counsellors may require.
Including a personal story to support your answer to a question is a very powerful way of making your point.
You may have a story relating to abortion and unplanned pregnancy - perhaps you or someone you know has experienced an unplanned pregnancy, or you may have been pressured to terminate a pregnancy by a medical professional, friend or family member. Or you could have professional experience in navigating unplanned pregnancy as a counsellor or medical worker.
The second petition is now closed with tremendous success! The biggest Parliamentary e-petition in over 5 years!
Abortion Rethink holds regular Community Mobilisation Events where Queenslanders can gather to share their concern for the women of Queensland. Get equipped, empowered and informed. Share your thoughts with other concerned Queenslanders and receive assistance with writing a letter to your local Member of Parliament. If you don't live in Brisbane, you can even host your own event!
To directly support women at their most vulnerable, donate to Priceless House. Priceless House walks with women through every stage of their journey from pregnancy and beyond, supporting women in whatever choice they make. They provide practical physical, medical and educational aid and free counselling. Donate here: pricelesshouse.org.au/su
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