News

7 March 2014 – The Examiner – Career anti-choice protestor attempts to test Access Zone provisions
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2135074/anti-abortion-protester-pleads-not-guilty/?cs=95

8 December – The Age – Dr Bertram Wainer – the man who brought abortion out of the dark
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-man-who-brought-abortion-out-of-the-dark-20131207-2yy7h.html

29 November – The Conversation – Access Zone provisions most likely constitutionally valid
https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-abortion-protest-law-is-probably-constitutionally-valid-20784

22 November – The Mercury – bill passes both houses
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/upper-house-passes-bill-to-remove-abortion-from-the-criminal-code/story-fnj4f7k1-1226765256309

21 November – The Examiner – the Bill has passed both houses – record of who voted in support
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1925158/tasmania-leads-nation-as-abortion-bill-passed/?cs=95 

14 October – The Examiner – hospital staff have ‘cultural fear’ of performing abortions due to criminality
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1840873/staff-fearful-on-abortions/?cs=95

4 October – The Mercury – Abortion labelled “a pagan ritual”
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/family-first-member-labels-abortion-a-pagan-ritual/story-fnj4f7k1-1226732580329

24 September – The Examiner – Committee hearings almost over
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1796791/abortion-bill-back-on-table/

12 September – The Examiner – Why motherhood made me support abortion more
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1772010/why-motherhood-has-made-me-support-abortion-more/

8 September – The Examiner – Abortion pill could expand choice
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/311504/abortion-pill-about-choice/

6 September – The Examiner – Report into law reform due next month
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1757641/report-into-abortion-reform-due-next-month/

23 August – The Examiner – Doyle fronts hearing
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1725830/doyle-fronts-abortion-hearing/    

23 August – The Examiner – Broaden circumstances to include foetal abnormality
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1727339/call-to-broaden-abortion-focus/  

19 August – The Examiner – Services pay for young people to access abortion in the private sector
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1714386/50000-for-abortion-access-health-group/

29 July – The Examiner – Chief Medical Officer supports 24 week instead of 16 week threshold
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1673106/doctor-backs-24-week-abortion-limit/

16 June – The Examiner – Legislative Council shouldn’t treat women as second class
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1575314/abortion-is-a-womans-choice/

14 June - The Examiner - Paul Harriss takes over from Ruth Forrest as Chair of Committee on abortion bill
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1572391/harriss-heads-mlc-committee-over-abortion/?cs=95 

13 June - various - Legislative Council sends bill to Committee as delaying tactic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-12/debate-begins-on-abortion-bill/4748832
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1569633/abortion-reform-bill-held-up/?cs=95
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/06/13/381340_todays-news.html

12 June - The Examiner - Debate on bill may go ahead with one MLC absent 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1567496/mlc-set-to-miss-abortion-vote/?cs=95 

10 June - The Examiner - Abortion Reforms - fate close - last minute briefings of MLCs
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1563103/abortion-reforms-fate-close/?src=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter 

10 June - Tasmanian Times - A health issue, not a criminal one - mythbusting 
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/a-health-issue-not-a-criminal-one/ 

10 June - The Examiner - Doubts about bill's passage through upper house
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1560605/abortion-block/?cs=95 

8 June - The Examiner - anti-choice advice to MLCs requires legal rebuttal 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1558820/critical-view-of-abortion-letter-sought/?cs=95 

29 April - Crikey - PBS listing won't guarantee access to RU486
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/04/29/pbs-listing-wont-guarantee-access-to-ru486-heres-why 

26 April - Various - PBAC recommends including Mifepristone on the PBS
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-27/increased-access-is-about-equality-cannold/4655114

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/pharmaceutical-benefits-advisory-committee-recommends-abortion-drug-ru486-to-pbs/story-e6frea83-1226629604312
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/pharmaceutical-benefits-advisory-committee-recommends-abortion-drug-ru486-to-pbs/story-e6frg6n6-1226629604312?sv=361ae22cd2811c1b724e3c0a094e5606#.UXnt0LU2bCU.twitter

24 April - ABC Online - Legislative Council electoral candidates voting intentions 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-24/mlc27s-quizzed-on-social-issues/4649372 

24 April - The Mercury - Access zones don't inhibit free speech 
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/24/377707_opinion.html 

21 April - The Mercury - Service provider speaks out in support of access zones 
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/21/377470_todays-news.html  

20 April - New Matilda - Why would anyone have a late term abortion?
http://newmatilda.com//why-would-anyone-have-lateterm-abortion 

The Bill (slightly amended) passed the lower house in the early hours of 17 April 2013
The MPs who voted in favour of the bill

ALP 
Michelle O’Byrne
Lara Giddings
Bryan Green
Brian Wightman
David O’Byrne
Scott Bacon
Rebecca White
Graeme Sturges
Brenton Best

Greens
Nick McKim
Cassy O’Connor
Kim Booth
Paul O’Halloran
(Tim Morris was acting speaker at the time of the vote but spoke in support of the bill)

The MPs who voted against the bill
Liberal
 

Will Hodgman
Jeremy Rockliff
Elise Archer
Adam Brooks
Michael Ferguson
Matthew Groom
Peter Gutwein
Rene Hidding
Jaquie Petrusma
Mark Shelton

ALP
Michael Polley

 

17 April - various - news stories on the bill passing the lower house
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/17/377140_tasmania-news.html
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1437212/tasmanias-abortion-bill-passes/?cs=95
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-17/abortion-bill-passes-first-hurdle/4634042

16 April - The Examiner - Minister's bill needs more votes 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1434554/obyrnes-bill-needs-13-votes/?cs=95

15 April – The Mercury – Women want right to choose (rally)
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/15/376963_tasmania-news.html 

15 April – The Examiner – Rally urges MPs to back abortion bill
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1431551/rally-urges-mps-to-back-abortion-bill/?cs=95 

14 April – ABC TV – Rally keeps children at bay
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-15/pro-choice-rally-keeps-children-at-bay/4628968?section=tas 

13 April – The Mercury – Rally for reproductive choice
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/13/376843_todays-news.html 

12 April – The Examiner – Call for change in protest ban
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1429113/abortion-call-for-change-on-protest-ban/?cs=95

12 April – The Mercury – Labor softens abortion bill
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/12/376735_tasmania-news.html

12 April – 7 News – Minister sticks by bill
http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/tas/a/-/local/16692941/minister-sticks-by-abortion-clinic-ban/

11 April - Tasmanian Government - Bill tabled in Parliament  http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/media_room/media_releases/reproductive_health_bill_tabled 
http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/bills/Bills2013/pdf/24_of_2013.pdf 

11 April - ABC - Minister winds back abortion timeframe 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-11/minister-moves-to-lower-abortion-threshold/4622582?section=tas

11 April - The Examiner - Abortion law backdown 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1423897/abortion-law-backdown/?cs=94

10 April - ABC News - school children taken to anti-choice protest
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-10/clashes-as-children-protest-against-abortion/4621538?section=tas

9 April - The Examiner - Churches band together on social policy
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1419165/churches-band-together-on-social-policy/?cs=95

8 April - The Project TV - exclusion zones around clinics 
http://theprojecttv.com.au/calls-to-ban-pro-life-protests.htm

1 April – The Examiner  -  No negative mental health impacts of abortion
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1400279/abortions-effect-on-mental-health/?cs=95

28 March - The Examiner  -  anti-choice petition adds pressure
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1395183/abortion-petition-adds-pressure/?cs=95#disqus_thread

24 March - The Age  -  Doctors not offering later gestation terminations regardless of law 
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hospitals-clamp-down-on-abortions-20130323-2gmvw.html

22 March - The Examiner  -  Bishop joints anti choice protest
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1383486/bishops-join-anti-abortion-protests/?cs=95

20 March - The Examiner  -  80 rally against abortion changes
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1378327/80-rally-against-abortion-changes/?cs=95

20 March - The Mercury – An equal right to choose
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/03/20/375040_opinion.html

19 March - Medical Observer - Abortion laws could be changed 
http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/abortion-laws-could-be-changed-in-tas

18 March – The Examiner  –  Arguments for and against law reform (links on first page)
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1369857/reform-of-abortion-laws-dividing-state/?cs=95

18 March – Blog post by Ben Pobjie  -  What does ‘pro life’ really mean?
http://benpobjie.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/abortion-now-that-ive-got-your.html?m=1

16 March - The Age  -  It’s a woman’s right to choose, not a man’s to try to control
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/its-a-womans-right-to-choose-not-a-mans-to-try-to-control-20130315-2g5wx.html

16 March - The Examiner   -  anti-choice group runs survey
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1368072/we-dont-want-more-abortions/?cs=95

13 March - The Examiner  -  Abortion debate beneficial
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1360298/abortion-debate-beneficial-health-service/?cs=95

12 March - The Canberra Times – Hateful protestors victimise the vulnerable
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/hateful-protesters-victimise-the-vulnerable-20130311-2fw4b.html

12 March - The Examiner  - Women will decide regardless of law
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1357328/women-will-decide-regardless-of-law/?cs=94

11 March - The Examiner  –  Abortion legislation to ease women’s stress
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1357044/abortion-legislation-to-ease-womens-stress/?cs=95

9 March - Mercury - Women back abortion reform 
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/03/09/374164_tasmania-news.html

9 March - Examiner - Conscience vote to decide abortion law 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1352267/conscience-vote-to-decide-abortion-law/?cs=95

9 March - Australian - Abortion bill cuts criminal sanctions 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/abortion-bill-cuts-criminal-sanctions/story-e6frgczx-1226593546139

8 March - Examiner - Give us more time 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1352311/give-us-time/?cs=95

8 March - New Matilda - The legal minefield of abortion law 
http://newmatilda.com/2013/03/08/abortion-law-legal-minefield

8 March - ABC news - Move to change abortion aaws   
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-08/move-to-change-abortion-laws/4560248

8 March - The Conversation  -  Tasmania to amend law to decriminalise abortion
http://theconversation.edu.au/tasmania-to-amend-law-to-decriminalise-abortion-12721

8 March - The Examiner –  Tasmania to decriminalise abortion 
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1349873/tasmania-to-legalise-abortion/?cs=95

8 March - Tasmanian Times – Australian Christian Lobby  - Bill overrides rights
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/tas-abortion-bill-overrides-rights-of-unborn-and-doctors-conscience/ 

6 March 2013 - The Drum Opinion - What 'miracle babies' mean for abortion rights
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4556226.html

4 March 2013 - Online Opinion - state and territory abortion laws may clash with new medication
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14749&page=0

27 February 2013 - Sydney Morning Herald - Echoes of Harradine in Madigan's meddling on abortion
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/echoes-of-harradine-in-madigans-meddling-on-abortion-20130227-2f59t.html

25 January 2013 - Examiner - Inequities in provision of abortion services in Tasmania
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1257631/abortion-choice-suffers-under-tasmanian-law/?cs=97#politas

13 June 2012 - Mercury - American extremism mustn't creep into our politics on abortion
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/06/13/336721_opinion.html

 

 

 

Anti-choice articles. Warning: many of these articles contain false or misleading information presented as fact. 

 

Family Voice
http://www.fava.org.au/news/2013/salamanca-declaration-welcomed-further-backdown-on-abortion-bill-needed/

Claire van Ryn website
http://faithlikeamushroom.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/update-tasmanias-proposed-abortion-law-changes/

Anglican website
http://imaginarydiocese.org/bishopjohn/2013/03/28/abortion-tas-hospital-chaplains-perspective/  
http://imaginarydiocese.org/bishopjohn/2013/03/22/tasmania-abortion-big-brother/

Babette Francis 
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14812

Right to Life
http://www.righttolife.com.au/index.php/resources/article-archive/69-new-frontiers-in-repressing-dissent
http://www.righttolife.com.au/index.php/blog/67-bill-to-legalise-abortion-in-tasmania

Australian Christian Lobby
http://www.acl.org.au/2013/03/silent-protest-against-proposed-abortion-laws-in-tasmanian/
http://www.acl.org.au/2013/03/acls-dan-flynn-on-proposed-changes-to-abortion-laws-in-tasmania/

Women’s Forum Australia
http://www.womensforumaustralia.com/latest-updates/tasmanian-abortion-bill-new-frontiers-in-repressing-dissent
http://www.womensforumaustralia.com/latest-updates/false-reassurances-tasmanias-abortion-information-paper

Salt Shakers
http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/campaigns/1060-tas-proposed-abortion-legalisation

Australia Incognita blog
http://australiaincognita.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/tasmania-terrible-new-proposed-abortion.html

Students protecting life
http://studentsprotectinglife.org/articles/2013/03/proposed-law-changes-tasmania-aim-make-abortion-more-accessible

Life Site
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/draconian-tasmanian-bill-would-penalize-conscientious-objectors-to-abortion/ 

 

 


 

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