Lockdowns expose risks to patients and health care workers: The July lockdown in SA has highlighted again how the existing legalisation is compromising safety for people seeking abortions and their health care workers. The decriminalisation of abortion, which passed through the SA Parliament in March this year, is still not operational, which means that the old restrictions still apply. Patients seeking abortion still must attend a hospital and have two doctors certify their approval – even for early medication abortion (EMA). This requirement does not apply elsewhere in Australia, where EMA is available from a single doctor in their GP clinic and by telehealth.
The Coaltion is again lobbying the Chief Public Health Officer and government ministers to use the Covid 19 emergency powers to enable single doctor provision of abortion care, including by telehealth until the legislation is put into operation. Find out more. Then stay tuned, we will keep you posted.
Abortion decriminalised in South Australia: On 2 March the SA Parliament passed landmark legislation to remove abortion from the State’s criminal law and regulate it under health law, just like any other health care service, and to eliminate many barriers that have limited access for 50+ years.
Find out how your local Member voted on the Decriminalisation Bill (and the Safe Access Zones Bill).
saaac acknowledges that
we meet and do our work on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and respect their spiritual relationship with their country
we acknowledge their ongoing presence on this land, their sovereignty, which has never been ceded, and the ongoing vitality and importance of their culture and heritage
we pay tribute to elders and leaders past, present and emerging – among all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
we pay our respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people from other lands and waters of South Australia and Australia.