Rally: Keep Abortion Legal in Victoria!

On October 10, 2008, abortion was legalised in Victoria. In poll after poll, Australians’ support for abortion has been consistently around 85 percent. Those opposed to abortion have consistently polled at 6 percent or less (Victorian Law Reform Commission 2008: Law of Abortion: Final Report Chapter 4).

That lack of support has not deterred those opposed to abortion rights. On October 13 this year, a coalition aimed at recriminalising abortion in Victoria plans to stage a “March for the Babies” as part of its campaign.Join us on October 13. Celebrate the fourth anniversary of this historic win for women. Defend the will of the majority and say loudly and clearly:
“We will not go back to the days of State control of women’s bodies: Back to the Backyard — No Way!”

In the United States, the annual “March for Babies” is a reputable annual fundraising event. Its proceeds go to the health of pregnant women, newborn babies, and research into birth defects and infant mortality. It’s an entirely worthy cause run by a charitable organisation founded in 1938.

In Australia, Bernie Finn, a Liberal Party member of the State Upper House, has appropriated the name for a very reactionary political cause — the repeal of the 2008 Abortion Law Reform Act and the criminalisation of women’s control over their bodies and their lives.

On October 13 join Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights in celebrating the fourth anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in Victoria.

On October 13 declare your support for a women’s right to reproductive choice and demand:

  • Free, safe abortion and contraception on demand for all women and an end to sterilization without meaningful consent
  • Free comprehensive healthcare, childcare and disability support services for all and quality, affordable housing for all those who need it
  • An equal, living wage for all and full employer-paid parental leave so that every woman can afford to fund her reproductive choices
  • An end to all institutional discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual preference, race, income or ethnic origin, particularly those that restrict reproductive choices
  • Free, comprehensive sex education for all and compulsory training for all health workers in all aspects of reproductive health

Initiated by Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights [03-9388-0062 | cwrr.justice@hotmail.com]

Endorsed by: Australia Asia Worker Links, Australian Education Union (Victoria), Australian Nursing Federation (Victoria), Australian Sex Party, Australian Services Union (Victorian & Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch), Australian Women’s Health Network, Equal Love, Freedom Socialist Party, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group, Melbourne Feminist Collective, Pay Justice Action, Radical Women, Revolutionary Socialist Party, RMIT University Student Union Womyn’s Department, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, Solidarity, Victorian Trades Hall Council (list in Progress)

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