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Parliamentary actions

Safe Access Zones Bill passes the House
On 23 September, the House of Assembly passed the Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA) . Known as the Safe Access Zones Bill, it ensures people seeking abortions and those who provide them can do so free from intimidation. It’s a great day for South Australians seeking an abortion and the health care workers who provide them.
The Bill now goes to the Legislative Council (it had previously passed, but must return due to the proroguing of Parliament). saaac are hopeful that it will be passed promptly.
Read about the development in our Safe Access Zones media release.

Abortion Decriminalisation Bill
The Attorney General is currently drafting legislation to decriminalise abortion, as she announced in November 2019 following release of the SA Law Reform Institute (SALRI) report, which recommends treating abortion as a health service rather than a crime.
Now’s the time to contact your local member to support the reforms – simply use the Fair Agenda email template to send a personalised message to your MP.
Read about about saaac’s support for decriminalisation and response to the SALRI report.

Community action

International Safe Abortion Day – Monday 28 September
Join Saaac and supporters on the steps of Parliament House at 4pm today to mark International Safe Abortion Day. 
This evening Join saaac, Children by Choice and other Australian pro-choice organisations for a live panel discussion hosted by Gina Rushton and featuring abortion care providers, advocates, policymakers and consumers who offer their Vision for the Future of Abortion Care in Australia.
The event will be delivered via Zoom 7 to 8:15 pm AEST. It’s free but you need to register.
The discussion will be available on the Children by Choice FaceBook page during and after the event.


Read our media releases

Current media release
28 September 2020 – Today is International Safe Abortion Day

Past media releases
23 September 2020 – Safe Access Zones Bill passes the House 
22 July 2020 – More delays in abortion reform
17 June 2020 – Safe Access Zones bill delayed in Parliament
3 June 2020 – Safe Access Zone Bill introduced to Parliament
31 March 2020 – COVID 19 and access to abortions in South Australia
24 March 2020 – New Zealand decriminalises abortion in the context of COVID-19, saaac urges South Australia to do the same
9 February 2020 – Bill to ensure Safe Access Zones around abortion services in SA will be re-introduced in the lower house
6 December 2019 – A Law Reform Institute’s recommendations to treat abortion as a health service rather than a crime welcomed by the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition
15 November 2019 – We welcome the passing of the Health Care (Health Access Zones) Amendment Bill 2019 in the Legislative Council last night
14 November 2019 – saaac welcomes the SA government’s commitment to decriminalise abortion as Safe Access Zones are debated in parliament
2 October 2019 – Abortion Decriminalised in NSW
24 September 2019 – Bill to introduce Safe Access Zones for abortion services in SA
4 December 2018 – Abortion Decriminalisation Bill
14 December 2018 – Labor pledge for free and accessible abortion
18 October 2018 – Abortion decriminalised in Queensland. South Australia next?

Past media coverage
Greens MLC Tammy Franks speaks with Peter Goers on ABC 891 about why it’s time to decriminalise abortion – and how we do it, 26 February 2019
“Women and their doctors are pushing change the law in a state where most women can get an abortion for free. Here’s why” – BuzzFeed, 26 February 2019
Conscience abortion vote likely to be given to South Australian MPs” – ABC News, 5 December 2018
Labor pledges to overhaul abortion access in all Australian states” – The New Daily, 2 December 2018
Where Australian states are up to in decriminalising abortion” – by saaac member Erica Millar for The Conversation, 13 September 2018
On September 12, 2018, saaac member Catherine Kevin spoke with Radio Adelaide about why abortion needs to be treated like any other health service
Renewed push to change ‘discriminatory’ and ‘inadequate’ abortion laws in South Australia” – ABC News, 11 October 2018
Renewed push to change ‘discriminatory’ and ‘inadequate’ abortion laws in South Australia” – ABC News on October 11, 2018


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