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28 October 2009 - Can it ever be ethical to let women die? Crikey
A disturbing trend is emerging in the writings of those opposed to legal abortion. Since the passage of Victoria’s Law Reform Act last year, they have been campaigning against the limits the new law imposes on the rights of healthcare professionals to conscientiously object to involvement in abortion.

27 October 2009 - Victorian abortion law: overriding the conscience of doctors Crikey
Except for a small article in Quadrant magazine, authored by Victorian Liberal Senator Julian McGauran, the first anniversary of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act passed quietly this month.

1 October 2009 - Labor's Attack on Conscience Quadrant
Last year the Victorian parliament passed the Abortion Law Reform Act, the freest abortion laws in the world.

1 October 2009 - Victorian pastor most sexist The Age
An evangelical church pastor who blamed the Victorian bushfire tragedy on the state's abortion laws has taken out the annual top gong for sexist comments.

11 August 2009 - One step forward, two back, in fight for reproductive rights Brisbane Times
RU486 is available, but in Queensland a teenager is charged over an abortion.

11 October 2008 - Final hurdle falls for abortion Bill The Herald Sun
Abortion will be decriminalised after a historic late-night vote of State Parliament. The Upper House last night voted 23 to 17 to overhaul abortion laws and make terminations more accessible for Victorian women.

11 October 2008 - Right to Life Australia Margaret Tighe
The infamous Abortion Law Reform bill 2008 sailed through the Upper House of the Victorian parliament on Friday, October 10.

11 October 2008 - Abortion reform clears last hurdle The Age
Abortion has been legalised in Victoria. Just after 10.30 last night, a historic vote in State Parliament gave women the right to choose to have an abortion free from the threat of criminal prosecution.

10 October 2008 - How Upper House MPs voted The Age

10 October 2008 - Abortion to be legal after MPs back controversial bill The Age
Victorian Premier John Brumby says he's pleased to see legislation to decriminalise abortion pass through the upper house.

10 October 2008 - Abortion Bill passes upper house vote The Australian
Victorian MPs today voted to back new abortion laws making it almost certain the changes will now be passed by the state's Parliament.

10 October 2008 - Upper House vote passes abortion bill ABC News
The Victorian Parliament Upper House has voted in favour of a controversial bill to decriminalise abortion.

7 October 2008 - Rape after-care denied, MP alleges The Age
Catholic-run hospitals have been accused of refusing to refer sexual assault victims to rape crisis centres that prescribe the morning-after pill.

5 October 2008 - The decision The Age
Friends sometimes see her three children, aged 11, seven and six, in a row and ask about the age gap between her first and second-born.

25 September 2008 - Brumby calms hospitals' abortion bill fears The Age
Premier John Brumby has played down concerns from Catholic hospitals that decriminalising abortion could force their maternity wards to close, saying proposed abortion laws would not change how the hospitals run.

24 September 2008 - Playing politics with lives The Age
The Catholic Church has no authority to refuse treatment over the abortion bill.

24 September 2008 - Brumby defends abortion legislation The Sydney Morning Herald
Victorian Premier John Brumby says Catholic hospitals will not have to change their procedures or policies if abortion is decriminalised.

23 September 2008 - Abortion bill won't breach doctor's human rights ABC News
The Victorian Government says Catholic doctors will not be forced to perform abortions against their will under proposed changes to the law.

19 September 2008 - Protesters resist Victoria's abortion plans Brisbane Time
Anti-abortion protesters have made a last ditch bid to stop the Victorian Government decriminalising abortion.

18 September 2008 - Abortion support enough to unwind old-school ties The Age
It was quite a thrill for Wade Noonan, a self-confessed "very average" student, to be invited to address last month's luncheon of the Old Paradians Association at the Naval & Military Club in the city.

15 September 2008 - Theo Theophanous fights abortion bill The Herald Sun
Senior minister Theo Theophanous says he'll fight to block the Brumby Government's controversial abortion Bill in the Upper House.

14 September 2008 - Termination bill hangs on votes of four MPs The Age
As few as four MPs will determine the fate of the State Government's abortion decriminalisation bill, with the Victorian upper house split almost evenly on the controversial measure.

14 September 2008 - Gloves come off in battle over abortion The Age
Leo J. Powell isn't one for subtlety. The representative of the Coalition for the Prosecution of Prenatal Child Killers, Mr Powell recently sent leaflets to state politicians depicting a late-term abortion in cartoon form.

13 September 2008 - A gendered debate The Age
How nice to get a party-free vote on an issue (abortion decriminalisation) and see what our politicians really think. But the 47-35 vote hides a very important sub-vote. The women voted 19-6, while the men voted 28-29. This would suggest that those who are most affected by the issue - women - have a very clear view about it.

12 September 13 September 2008 - Abusive emails target pro-choice MPs minutes after having their say The Age
Just before 6.30 on Tuesday evening, cabinet minister Lynne Kosky rose in parliament to support controversial legislation making abortion legal in Victoria. Exactly seven minutes after she finished speaking, the Transport Minister received a personally abusive email from anti-abortion group Tell the Truth Coalition.

12 September 2008 - Abortion bill passes lower house The Australian
Victoria's contentious abortion reform bill has passed its third and final reading in the lower house following another marathon session in state parliament that ended early today.

12 September 2008 - Passions run high on Victorian abortion bill The Australian
Squabbling over abortion broke out in the Victorian ALP yesterday as Premier John Brumby predicted that his Government's legislation to decriminalise the procedure would pass both houses.

11 September 2008 - Parties split as abortion bill passes first test The Age
THE decriminalisation of abortion in Victoria has moved closer after a dramatic vote in Parliament last night in which Deputy Premier Rob Hulls split with Premier John Brumby.

11 September 2008 - Abortion bill debate enters new day The Australian
After a debate that stretched into the early hours this morning, debate will resume in the Victorian parliament on a bill to decriminalise abortion. The first hurdle for the controversial legislation was cleared yesterday, when the parliament's lower house passed the second reading of the bill by 47 votes to 35 in a conscience vote.

11 September 2008 - Abortion: removing the shadow of criminality The Age
There is no place for abortion in the criminal code. It should be taken off the books to reflect common practice in Victoria.

11 September 2008 - Victoria to change abortion laws Lateline
After lengthy debate a bill which decriminalises abortions at up to 24 weeks has been passed by Victoria's lower house of parliament. The vote came after police were called in to investigate threats against a Labor minister by anti-abortion campaigners.

11 September 2008 - We know our minds The Herald Sun
When it comes to abortion, every woman's situation is unique. But what is common among women faced with a problem pregnancy is a conviction they don't need or want restrictions, barriers or judgments imposed upon them.

11 September 2008 - Vic abortion bill vote expected today The Age
A third and final vote in the Victorian parliament's lower house on the controversial abortion bill is expected late on Thursday.

10 September 2008 - Abortion bill clears Victorian Lower House after emotional vote The Age
Victoria's controversial abortion legislation has passed its first major hurdle.

10 September 2008 - Police called in as abortion debate gets personal ABC Radio
The debate in the Victorian Parliament over abortion laws has become so heated that one Minster has called in the police.

10 September 2008 - Abortion bill splits parties The Age
A cabinet minister has attacked the State Government's bill that would legalise abortion, branding it "extreme legislation" that fails to reflect community standards.

10 September 2008 - Tearful minister tells of abortion hate calls The Age
Pro-choice state cabinet minister Jacinta Allan broke down in Parliament last night as she told of the abusive emails and phone calls to her office from anti-abortion campaigners.

10 September 2008 - Minister tells of abortion hate-mail The Herald Sun
Labor Minister Jacinta Allan broke down in State Parliament last night as she blasted anti-abortionists for a campaign of harassment.

10 September 2008 - Premier urges calm in abortion debate The Sydney Morning Herald
Victorian Premier John Brumby has called for calm in the abortion debate after a cabinet minister broke down in tears in parliament over harassment from the pro-life lobby.

10 September 2008 - Conscience vote meaningless unless it is a two-way street The Age
Denying another's freedom while exercising one's own is hypocritical.

10 September 2008 - Brumby calls for respectful behaviour over abortion debate ABC News
A police investigation has been launched after Victorian Labor MP Jacinta Allan received abusive emails and phone calls from anti-abortion campaigners.

8 September 2008 - Abortion laws ABC Radio National
Abortions are still subject to the Crimes Act in all Australian states and territories except the ACT. The Victorian Parliament could be about to change that, debating an Abortion Law Reform Bill which would legalise abortions.

8 September 2008 - A vote for the benefit of us all The Age
We wish to congratulate medical practitioners from the Royal Women's Hospital for their outspoken support of the Abortion Law Reform Bill.

8 September 2008 - Act of conscience The Age
Tomorrow, Victorian MPs will begin debating changes to the state's abortion laws.

7 September 2008 - Our decision, our pain The Age
For every story like Gianna Jessen's there is a counter-occurrence. Eleven years ago, my partner and I had an unplanned pregnancy; with no private health insurance we took part in a shared-care arrangement with our GP.

6 September 2008 - Activists target MPs on abortion The Age
Activists have branded pro-choice Women's Affairs Minister Maxine Morand a "baby killer" in a graphic campaign before next week's parliamentary debate on decriminalising abortion.

6 September 2008 - Abortion: the way we were The Age
A pushy GP, bent police and doctors, a gentle judge and a great many humiliated, exploited pregnant women - as State Parliament debates abortion law reform, it is enlightening to look back at the key players during a time of pivotal change 40 years ago.

6 September 2008 - Abortion debate heats up at parliament The Age
The abortion debate heated up when both sides of the controversial issue clashed outside the Victorian parliament.
5 September 2008 - Pro-choice lobby fires electoral armoury The Australian
Electoral analysis sent to MPs that claims pro-choice candidates usually beat their anti-abortion opponents is the latest weapon in a heated battle for votes in Victoria's abortion reforms.

4 September 2008 - Listen to the experts The Age
Most Victorians do support the decriminalisation of abortion. The Abortion Law Reform Bill was drafted to reflect current clinical practice in Victoria. The Royal Women's Hospital, a great maternity hospital with long-established unplanned-pregnancy and abortion services, supports the bill without the proposed amendments.

3 September 2008 - The community view The Age
THE proliferation of anti-choice, anti-abortion letters to this page in the past 10 days could cause the reader to forget that 80% of Australians believe that women should have access to safe, legal, affordable termination of unplanned/unwanted pregnancies.

3 September 2008 - Women's hospital staff back more liberal abortion law The Age
Doctors, nurses and counsellors from the Royal Women's Hospital have stepped into the abortion law debate, saying decriminalisation is vital and opposing any compulsory counselling or cooling-off period.

3 September 2008 - Abortion law reform promises better health care The Age
Removing abortion from the Crimes Act will provide a clear and secure framework for health professionals to respond to women's health care needs in an appropriate and timely manner. As doctors, midwives and counsellors at the Royal Women's Hospital who work with women considering abortion, we welcome the Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008 as a major step forward in ensuring the continued provision of high quality clinical services.

2 September 2008 - 'Bubble zone' plan at abortion clinic The Australian
The Victorian Government has been asked to create a 50m protest-free "bubble zone" around the entrance of Australia's largest provider of abortion services, as part of planned changes to abortion law.

30 August 2008 - Right to choose a matter of debate The Canberra Times
The issue of abortion is hotly debated and emotionally charged. At the heart of the matter, the question must be, whose decision is it to make?

27 August 2008 - Minutes of Proceedings Legislative Assembly for the ACT

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (5.08): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) recognises the ACT Legislative Assembly’s progressive law reform in the area of abortion and a woman’s right to choose; and
(2) reaffirms its support for the laws reformed including the de-criminalisation of abortion in the ACT.

25 August 2008 - The anguish of a female choice over abortion The Herald Sun
If the Brumby Government's abortion law reform Bill gets voted down it will be a severe blow for women in this state. The decriminalisation of abortion is long overdue.

24 August 2008 - New law will not end abortion controversy The Age
The State Government has been right to pursue abortion reform. Writing in the Australian Journal of Family Law in 1991, Natasha Cica outlined the inadequacies of abortion law as it stood in Victoria and Australia generally.

24 August 2008 - Why there will always be life in the abortion debate The Age
Doctors say the State Government's decision to include a 24-week gestational threshold after which a woman will need the approval of two doctors in order to terminate a pregnancy creates an unnecessary complication in the bill to decriminalise abortion.

23 August 2008 - Abortion debate heats up in Victoria Green Left Online
The act of a doctor performing an abortion in Victoria has been listed as a crime in the Crimes Act since 1958.

22 August 2008 - Men show moral arrogance in wanting control of abortion The Age
When males advocate against women, they lack moral standing.

21 August 2008 - Labor MP demands abortion law amendments The Herald Sun
The State Government's proposed legislation would enable Victorian women to have an abortion up to 24 weeks' gestation.

21 August 2008 - Politicians on both sides part ways over abortion bill The Age
Major divisions have emerged in the Brumby Government and the Opposition over whether landmark legislation to make abortion legal in Victoria would increase the number of pregnancies terminated.

20 August 2008 - Campaigner Kirner hails abortion law victory The Age
The symbolism was stunning. At 3.30 yesterday afternoon, in Queen's Hall in State Parliament, former Labor premier Joan Kirner stood patiently in line to ask a junior Government minister to sign her copy of the Abortion Law Reform Bill.

20 August 2008 - Labor MP says abortion bill akin to neglect The Australian
THE first shots were fired yesterday in the battle over decriminalising abortion in Victoria, with a Labor MP likening her Government's bill to medical negligence and a Liberal frontbencher criticising the timing of the debate.

20 August 2008 - Abortion battle begins as new laws passed in Victoria The Herald Sun
Victorian women are closer to abortion without prosecution under laws that triggered heated scenes in State Parliament.

19 August 2008 - Protesters resist Government's abortion plans The Age
Anti-abortion protesters have made a last ditch bid to stop the Victorian Government decriminalising abortion.

19 August 2008 - Law change 'won't create abortion rush' The Australian
Decriminalising abortion would not trigger a surge in terminations, says Victorian Premier John Brumby. He was speaking hours before a controversial Bill to remove abortion from the Crimes Act was due to be tabled in State Parliament.

19 August 2008 - New abortion laws introduced ABC News
The Victorian Government has introduced a Bill to State Parliament to decriminalise abortion.

18 August 2008 - The Right to Decide The Age
I welcome the news that Victorian politicians will finally debate how abortion will be decriminalised next week. It is about time they removed this archaic law, which removes a woman's autonomy.

16 August 2008 - New law to give abortion right
Women in Victoria would have the legal right to choose an abortion under historic legislation expected to be introduced to State Parliament next week.

14 August 2008 - An Abortion Sets Major Milestone in Her Life Women's Enews
Monitoring a fetal anomaly left Joy Pincus hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. In the end she followed doctors' advice to have a late-term abortion. The decision is a milestone marking the unpredictability of life and the value of choice.

1 July 2008 - Right to choose Waverly Leader
Surveys in Australia consistently show that about 80 per cent of Australians support a woman's right to choose for abortion.

30 June 2008 - Pro-life group blasted Monash Journal
A fertility control clinical pyschologist has defended Mt Waverly MP and Children's Minister Maxine Morand from attacks by anti-abortion group Tell The Truth Coalition.

23 June 2008 - Abortion: the silent majority Online Opinion
It has been claimed by some religious groups that the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) has ignored the views of the majority in its Final Report on the Law of Abortion.

18 June 2008 - The Cs Have It New Matilda
Only one of the models put forward to decriminalise abortion in Victoria reflects current practice, argues Rachel Funari. So why isn't it being taken seriously?

14 June 2008 - Abortion law needs to go The Border Mail
The Law Reform Commission has finally delivered its recommendations to Parliament for politicians to decide to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.

14 June 2008 - Decriminalise abortion now! Green Left
Abortion is the second most commonly performed surgical procedure for women in Victoria and, according to the World Health Organisation, one of the safest in the world.

12 June 2008 - Social factor key in abortion The Age
MORE than 40% of women who sought information about having an abortion during an audit at the Royal Women's Hospital last year already had at least one child.

10 June 2008 - Ringwood women's group supports abortion plan Maroondah Leader
Ringwood-based women's rights advocates have supported moves to decriminalise abortion.

10 June 2008 - Ian Trezise's pro choice vote Geelong Advertiser
Geelong MP Ian Trezise will vote to empower women in a conscience vote to decriminalise abortion.

5 June 2008 - MP's fetus image email outrages colleagues
An anti-abortion MP has sparked outrage after emailing Victorian colleagues a graphic image of a fetus being operated on.

The "hand of hope" image is not of abortion, but of fetal surgery in utero. The caption to the image is an urban legend that has been circulating since 2003. Both the fetus being operated on for spina bifida, and its mother, were anesthetized at the time of the photo. Neither, in other words, could move. The fetus's hand fell out during surgery, and the doctor, according to his own testimony as reported in USA Today, tucked it back in. This accurate description for the photo also accompanied news reports of the event.

Further information on this story can be found at the websites Religious Tolerance and Snopes.

2 June 2008 - Women and couples first On Line opinion
Last week the Victorian Government finally tabled the Victorian Law Reform Committee's Report (VLRC) on the decriminalisation of abortion.

30 May 2008 - As we celebrate women's suffrage, let's reform another law The Age
It's 2008, so why can't women have access to safe, legal abortion? Most of us take for granted the right to make decisions about how we want to live our lives.

30 May 2008 - Debate Reignites Shepparton News
Report recommends women be given power to abort pregnancy

30 May 2008 - Labor gives go-ahead to options on abortion vote The Age
Victorian MPs will decide whether abortion should no longer be considered a crime in Victoria by the end of the year, after a ground-breaking State Government commitment to bring on a conscience vote on the divisive issue.

29 May 2008 - New Abortion Laws Considered Herald Sun
The Victorian Government has been given three options to modernise abortion laws in the state.

29 May 2008 - MPs urged to give women choice on abortion ABC News
A pro-choice group wants State Government MPs to support the most liberal of three options proposed by the Law Reform Commission to decriminalise abortion.

29 May 2008 - Final Abortion Report tabled Victorian Law Reform Commission
The Victorian Law Reform Commission has provided advice about three options to decriminalise abortion in Victoria in a report tabled in parliament today.

28 May 2008 - It's Time to Act on Abortion, Rob Hulls New Matilda
Victoria's decision on abortion reform will have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the country.

23 April 2008 - Abortion pamphlet complaints upheld ABC News
The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has upheld complaints about an anti-abortion pamphlet distributed in the Gippsland region early this year.

9 April 2008 - Case Report: Tell the Truth Coalition (.pdf document .72MB) Advertising Standards Bureau
This print advertisement for an anti-abortion organisation features graphic photos of aborted feotuses...

27 March 2008 - D-Day For Women's Rights Pro Choice Vic Media Release
Victoria's new pro-choice coalition today called on the Victorian Government to put the rights of women and couples first when reviewing the Victorian Law Reform Commission's (VLRC) legislative advice on the decriminalisation of abortion.

22 March 2008 - A Matter of Life and Death The Age
The left side of her baby's heart was much smaller than the right. Doctors could not say for certain how sick the child, if born, would be. So, 18 weeks into her pregnancy, Julie Davis was forced to make a decision no woman wants to make.