Latest developments and events
Abortion Decriminalisation Bill
The Bill to decriminalise abortion in South Australia – the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 – will be discussed by Members of the Legislative Council on Wednesday 2 December. The Bill was was introduced on 14 October by Liberal MLC Michelle Lensink. The House of Assembly will debate the Bill early in the new year.
The proposed legislation follows the release in late 2019 of the SA Law Reform Institute (SALRI) report, which recommends treating abortion as a health service rather than a crime. Read about our support for the Bill and our response to the SALRI report.
Send a pro-reform message to your local Member of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Council using this easy email tool:
Fair Agenda’s quick and easy email tool tells you how your MP stands on the Bill – whether they support it, oppose it or are undeclared. You can either use the Fair Agenda wording or personalise your message. The tool automatically sends a copy of your email to all MLCs.
Safe Access Zones Bill is now law
On 11 November, the South Australian Legislative Council passed the Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA). Known as the Safe Access Zones Bill, it received assent on 19 November, which means that Safe Access Zones have become law in SA and people seeking abortions and the health care workers who provide them can do so free from harassment and intimidation.
Read about the significant win in our Safe Access Zones media release.
Watch the International Safe Abortion Day discussion
On 28 September Gina Rushton moderated a special online discussion with Australian medical doctors, advocates, policymakers and health consumers about what the future of abortion care should and could look like. See it via the Children By Choice Association Facebook page.
Read our media releases
Current media release
11 November 2020 – Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill passes
Past media releases
14 October 2020 – saaac welcomes the introduction of a Bill to decriminalise abortion in South Australia
28 September 2020 – Today is International Safe Abortion Day
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