Help decriminalise abortion in Queensland

As you probably know, an abortion reform bill was introduced to the Queensland Parliament in 2016. Since then, it was referred to a committee, came back to parliament, and was then referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission. On 21 December 2017, the Queensland Law Reform Commission released a consultation paper on abortion law reform. The paper contains a summary of evidence and asks for submissions in response to a set of specific questions on the new legislation by 13 February 2018.

Download the consultation paper here.

How to put in a submission is explained here.

Here are Prochoice Queensland’s tips on making a submission:

Stick to answering the questions. They are quite specific and deal with a range of issues relating to abortion law, including things like gestational limits and conscientious objection. Some only require a yes or no answer. Try to contain your submission to information relevant to the questions.

You don’t need to answer all the questions. You might feel quite strongly, or have a lot of experience in, one or more aspects of the inquiry, but not feel qualified to answer all 20 questions included in the consultation paper. That’s okay. Feel free to only address the questions you feel able to answer.

Include references or supporting evidence for your position from credible sources. We’re talking scientific research, peer-reviewed journals, published service data, or testimony from expert witnesses in 2016’s parliamentary hearings, not commercial television news stories from Adelaide in 2003.

The rest of their information on making your submission can be found here.

Please put in a submission. The anti-choice religious people will be putting in submissions. Make sure the pro-choice majority is heard.

Submissions are due 13 February, 2018.

Some women dressed as Handmaidens (from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale), campaigning in King George Square, Brisbane, for abortion law reform during Queensland’s 2017 election campaign. Photo by Carmen Seaby.