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Winning reform for safe and legal access to abortion care (NSW, SA, WA)

  • Organisation:

    Fair Agenda

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    99 166 475 903

  • Scope of Activity:

    Australia

  • Geographic Location:

    NSW, SA and WA

  • Target Groups:

    Business Professionals
    Carers
    Gay and Lesbian
    Indigenous
    Migrants
    Mothers
    Prisoners
    Refugees
    Rural / Regional
    Sexworkers
    Singles
    Widows
    Unemployed
    Adolescents

Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    139,926

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    43,615

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    96,311

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    No

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    No

  • DGR Additional Information:

    Access to DGR 2 giving through NFAW.

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Member donors and a number of individual philanthropic supporters

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • Project Completion Date:
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • Right now outdated laws deny women in NSW and SA the right to access abortion care; and patients seeking abortion care in WA are subjected to harassment at clinics. In NSW, archaic laws threaten patients and medical professionals with criminal prosecution and jail time for accessing or providing abortions outside limited circumstances. These laws restrict the care that doctors and nurses are willing to provide on a day-to-day basis; and increase delay, distress and financial burden faced by women who need to access abortion care. They particularly harm women living in rural and remote areas. In SA laws deny women the right to decide to end their pregnancy. Instead, abortion is only legal if two doctors decide that a woman’s physical or mental health is endangered by the pregnancy, or that there is a serious enough fetal abnormality. This system creates distressing delays to access. In WA the absence of safe access zones at abortion clinics allows patients and staff to be harassed.
  • Project Description:
  • Last year’s historic victory in Queensland has helped prompt further law reform opportunities in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
    For each of these reform opportunities, opposition is expected to be fierce, and strategic campaigning and community mobilisation efforts are needed to ensure new legislation has the support it needs to become law.
    Fair Agenda played a critical role in the passage of historic abortion law reform in Queensland, and are seeking support to replicate those efforts in NSW, SA and WA. We will be focusing on: persuasion efforts to convince individual MPs to support reform; demonstrating overwhelming public support and mandate for reform; and working to combat the influence of the well-resourced anti-choice lobby. As in Queensland, much of this work will be done in partnership; and will complement the efforts of local groups and others working in this area.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • The current laws in NSW, SA and WA deny women the dignity of control over their lives; and increase the distress and financial difficulty faced by those who need abortion care, exacerbating disadvantage. In NSW the laws make it difficult to access a termination through the public system, and mean most patients are forced to turn to private clinics. Most of these services are expensive (with the cost starting from $400) and are concentrated around the eastern seaboard, which mean if you’re in rural NSW you have to travel hundreds of kilometers to access care. In SA, abortion care can only be provided in ‘prescribed hospitals’, which means that there are often significant waiting periods for appointments; and people from regional areas are sometimes forced to travel hundreds of kilometres just to take a tablet. In Western Australia picketers engage in distressing and obstructive behavior to try and prevent people accessing terminations.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • The laws in NSW, SA and WA cause systemic issues with safe and equitable access to reproductive healthcare. Securing reform would be an important structural intervention in dealing with these issues.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Right now laws in NSW and SA deny women control over their healthcare decisions. For too many, it closes off the possibility of choosing an alternative future for their families and themselves.
    These restrictive laws disproportionately affect women already dealing with disadvantage or barriers to healthcare access, particularly women facing financial insecurity.
    We can’t empower women without changing the laws that deny them agency over their body, healthcare, family and future.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • Fair Agenda’s campaigning model includes leveraging traditional and social media for impact. Key to the strategy for these campaigns will be leveraging media to reach the community and decision-makers with persuasive information. Fair Agenda has a strong history of leveraging media for impact, on this and other issues.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Success is the passage of strong law reform in each of these three jurisdictions.
    This is reliant on influencing the legislative drafting process to secure provisions which promote the agency and dignity of women; and access to compassionate healthcare (this work is already underway, and involves many groups, including Fair Agenda).
    Once strong legislation is put forward in parliament, success is reliant on ensuring a majority of MPs in each house of the respective parliaments vote in favour of the legislation; and against anti-choice amendments that will proposed throughout the process.
    Fair Agenda’s contribution to this success will be measured against our campaign’s theory of change, and planned activities; as well as interactions with and feedback from Members of parliament (for example in Queensland, a key MP named polling provided by Fair Agenda as influential in determining their vote in favour of a particular provision).

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Diana B Sayed

  • Email:

    diana@fairagenda.org

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    0481276963