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Greens to defend Australian women’s reproductive rights

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 16 Sep 2008

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said the Greens will defend women’s rights against an attempt to make it harder for women to access safe, equitable and legal late-term pregnancy terminations.

A motion by Senator Guy Barnett to disallow Medicare funding of late-term terminations was today withdrawn, and instead will now be considered by the Finance and Public Administration Senate Committee.

“While we recognise that people have strong and differing opinions on this issue, and respect the right of all Australians to express their views, this is not a debate about the legality of abortion, but rather a debate about access to safe medical care for women and the cost,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“The Australian Greens support a woman’s right to control her reproduction, including the right to have access to safe and affordable terminations.

“Withdrawing Medicare funding for second-trimester terminations will not only affect women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, but could also force women to have even later terminations, after being forced to cover the gap, as well as the original fee.

“Women have fought long and hard to be able to make decisions about their health and wellbeing, and the Greens will not be supporting any attempt to turn back the clock on women’s reproductive rights,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

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