Event | The Road to Abortion Equity: How the Federal Senate Inquiry will shape universal access in Australia

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The Federal Senate has established an Inquiry into universal access to reproductive healthcare. MSI Australia is hosting an online forum on Wednesday November 9 at 4pm AEDT on what the inquiry terms mean, how it applies in practice and how to make a submission in line with the terms of reference. We have developed a submission template which you can download …

Abortion inequities highlighted at the Inquiry hearing into abortion and reproductive choice in the ACT

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MSI Australia appeared at the first and only public hearing into abortion and reproductive choice in the ACT today.   Since the inquiry opened, the ACT Government has announced that they will be the first jurisdiction to provide free abortion access to all women and pregnant people, including those on temporary visas.  Managing Director Jamal Hakim addressed the inquiry, and spoke …

National senate inquiry to investigate abortion access inequities

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Abortion access inequities need to be addressed at a national level.  While abortion has been partly decriminalised throughout the country, access remains a postcode lottery.   MSI Australia Managing Director Jamal Hakim said he welcomed a national senate inquiry into abortion access.   “Roe v Wade in the United States has highlighted the ongoing abortion access issues  in Australia,” he said.   “Abortion …

MSI Australia celebrates abortion access wins

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State and territory governments across the country have committed to action for abortion access since Roe v Wade. The ACT has announced free abortion access for all from mid-2023, Western Australia has committed to take abortion out of the criminal code and Queensland has announced regional surgical abortion services will commence. Abortion services are finally legal in South Australia, the …

MSI Australia publishes report on abortion access in the ACT

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MSI Australia has released a report in relation to abortion access in the ACT, as part of an inquiry on abortion and contraceptive access. Since the inquiry opened, the ACT Government has announced that they will be the first jurisdiction to provide free abortion access to all women and pregnant people, including those on temporary visas. The report illustrates how …

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Safe Access Zones legislated in Western Australia

anna.jabour@mariestopes.org.au Abortion, Advocacy, Contraception, Media, Safe access

The Western Australian Government has today legislated safe access zones to protect patients and staff accessing sexual and reproductive health services . The passage of Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 means women and pregnant people in every state and territory are now protected against intimidation and harassment when accessing abortion services. Each year picketers spend approximately 2,295 …

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Safe access zones legislation passes the lower house in Western Australia

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Western Australia (WA) passed another milestone in working towards safe access to abortion care. Yesterday the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 was passed in the WA Legislative Assembly (lower house). WA will be the last jurisdiction in Australia to legislate safe access zones. Safe access zones prevent picketing within 150 metres of abortion care clinics. When it …

Western Australia moves towards safe access zones

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Harassment and intimidation of clients and staff outside of our clinics may soon be a thing of the past, following moves towards safe access zones in Western Australia (WA). Today the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 will be reintroduced in the WA Legislative Assembly. The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2020 had passed in the …

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Australia on track for national safe access to abortion care

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 10AM AWST/12.30PM ACDT FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER  AUSTRALIA ON TRACK FOR NATIONAL SAFE ACCESS TO ABORTION CARE  This week has seen significant advances for safe access to healthcare in Australia.   Safe access zones were legislated in South Australia on Wednesday when the Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The SA Bill’) was passed.   Safe access zones are another step closer to becoming law in Western Australia due to the Public Health Amendment (Safe …

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Safe access zones a step closer in WA

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MEDIA STATEMENT  1PM AWST WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER SAFE ACCESS ZONES A STEP CLOSER FOR WA The Western Australian Government has taken a step towards better protection of healthcare staff and patients accessing sexual and reproductive health services following the introduction of a safe access zones bill in Parliament today. The Public Health Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The Bill’) proposes measures that …

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Research shows medical abortion via telehealth is accessible and acceptable in Australia

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A new study published in the July issue of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health shows that at-home medical abortion via telehealth is accessible, convenient, and plays a key role in the accessibility of abortion care across Australia. The joint qualitative study between MSI Australia, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Monash University showed that participants selected the at-home telemedicine model for the …

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Pandemic impacts on nation’s sexual and reproductive health

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MEDIA STATEMENT MSI Australia is bracing for a surge in later gestation terminations and increased client complexities including financial hardship and domestic violence as the nation slowly moves towards recovery from COVID-19. The concerns have been highlighted in MSI Australia’s latest situation report, released today, that details the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Australians sexual and reproductive health. “While …

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As State recovers from COVID-19, the picketers restart

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MEDIA STATEMENT Permits have been granted for anti-choice groups to restart their weekly picketing outside MSI Australia’s Midland clinic from today. The anti-choice groups had their permits cancelled towards the end of March as part of the public health response to COVID-19. Despite this, picketers showed up at the clinic on 27 March and WA Police were called. As the …

Overwhelming support for zones shows WA cares

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Staff and clients at MSI Australia are one step closer to having their privacy, dignity and safety protected from anti-choice picketers with the WA Government committing to introduce Safe Access Zone legislation this year. Safe Access Zones provide a 150 metre safety bubble around abortion care clinics. They stop harassment, intimidation and public judgement of staff and clients by picketers …

MSI Australia Welcomes WA Government Support of Safe Access Zones

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MSI Australia has welcomed the commencement of public consultation on safe access zones in Western Australia by the McGowan Government. The Minister for Health, Roger Cook and Minister for Women’s Interest’s and Prevention of Family Violence, Simone McGurk visited the Marie Stopes Midland Clinic today to announce the release of a discussion paper into safe access zones. “Marie Stopes Midland, …