Standing up for abortion and reproductive rights
The Greens won't be supporting Senator Anning's motion today, primarily because it is unnecessary—the federal government already funds pregnancy termination counselling services and online resources, which include information on termination options. It is clear from the wording of this motion that it was attempting to present an anti-abortion position that denies women's reproductive rights, without actually stating that. But Senator Anning's statement today made it very clear where he stands. It is appalling. All women deserve the right to choose and to control their own reproductive rights, including in Tasmania and other parts where surgical abortions are now not possible. No matter where a women lives in this country, she deserves the right to control her own life.