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Greens stand up for women, while old parties duck for cover on Madigan’s abortion bill

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2013

Labor and Coalition MPs have failed to stand up for women in a Senate Committee response to Senator John Madigan’s sex-selection abortion bill, designed to limit sexual reproductive rights.

Senator Madigan’s bill removes Medicare funding for abortions procured on the basis of selecting the gender of the child.

“The Greens have recommended the bill not be passed.

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Second reading speech: Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:12): The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill, moved by Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan, is not about sex selection abortion. The Greens share concerns about sex selection abortion where it occurs. However, there is no evidence abortions procured on the basis of selecting the gender of the child are occurring in Australia or that Medicare is being used to fund such procedures.

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Health Minister should move fast on abortion pill PBS listing

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.

Background paper on the issue available here: http://tiny.cc/al93vw

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