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Federal funding needed to help with abortion costs

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 2 Apr 2013

The Australian Greens are deeply concerned that Children by Choice, a not-for-profit organisation, will no longer be able to help women on low incomes in Queensland to meet the cost of having an abortion.

“The cost of terminating a pregnancy should never be the deciding factor for women dealing with unplanned pregnancy,” Australian Greens Queensland Senator and Children by Choice patron, Larissa Waters, said.

“Sadly, as having an abortion costs hundreds of dollars and, for women in remote areas, means finding money to travel long distances, too often the cost is prohibitive.

“The Federal Government needs to step in and help Children by Choice, a Queensland not-for-profit organisation, to continue to subsidise abortions for women who cannot meet the cost on their own,” Senator Waters said.

Senator Larissa Waters and Children by Choice staff

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Greens women’s spokesperson, said hard-working organisations like Children by Choice play a critical role in working to modernise Australia’s abortion laws, with Queensland and NSW lagging behind other jurisdictions like Victoria and the ACT which have decriminalised abortion.

“The fact that abortion is still criminalised in some jurisdictions contributes to stigma and causes women to suffer extra humiliation and distress at a difficult time in their lives.

“Australian women want effective advocates for their reproductive rights like Children by Choice, with over 81 per cent of Australians believing women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.

“The spectre of an Abbott government and fierce pro-life advocates like Senator Madigan potentially holding the balance of power in the Senate make the need to protect women’s rights even more urgent,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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