This article first appeared on Open Forumon 2 May 2013.
After the announcement that the abortion drugs RU486 and Misoprostol could be approved for tax subsidy by the government, Greens senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon questions the motives of Tony Abbott’s careful reaction.
Greens spokesperson on women Senator Lee Rhiannon has questioned whether women can trust opposition leader Tony Abbott’s promise today that he will heed the advice of technical experts on abortion drugs and has called on him to definitively declare his position on women’s right to access the full range of reproductive health procedures.
With the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee expected to recommend today that RU486 and Misoprostol be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (the PBS) Australian Greens are calling on Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to move quickly to ensure Australian women have access to affordable medical abortion.
The Greens have a long and proud history of standing up for Australian women. We believe in equality for all women in all aspects of life and are committed to seeing these values reflected in our laws and society.
The Greens are pushing for urgent action to tackle Australia’s domestic violence crisis, with more than one woman per week dying at the hands of a current or former partner. Front line services, shelters and housing providers are overstretched and underfunded. We must make sure no-one facing violence is left to walk alone. The Greens are committed to ensuring that all women receive equal pay for equal work and have equal opportunity to succeed in male dominated industries.
We believe all women should have access to family-friendly workplaces, flexible hours and affordable child-care. We will always stand up for a woman’s right to choose and access to free, confidential women’s health services. There is no place for gender discrimination in our society. We will continue to fight it in all its forms and stand up for gender equality against outdated conservative attitudes.
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