MEDIA RELEASE: Greens Welcome Latest Move to Reform Abortion Laws
Jenny Leong MP, the NSW Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights, along with Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, have welcomed the latest move to decriminalise abortion in NSW and congratulated the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance and those who have been pushing for this much-needed reform.
"It's past time for women to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. It's time for abortion law reform," Ms Leong said.
"I look forward to working collaboratively with pro-choice members of the NSW Parliament to finally achieve the change we all want, and our community needs.
“The Greens offer our heart-felt thanks and congratulations to the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance and feminist women’s organisations and activists who have played a leading role in getting us to where we are today.
“If we succeed in getting this change through the NSW Parliament, it will be the culmination of a campaign that our mothers, indeed our grandmothers, feminists and pro-choice activists have been fighting for over generations,” Ms Leong said.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Senator for NSW said:
“It's been almost three years since I introduced the first bill to decriminalise abortion, putting the issue onto the political agenda. I'm so proud of the Greens role in catalysing debate on reproductive rights.
“Abortion law reform is something that the community overwhelmingly wants. It's time to bring NSW out of the dark ages.
“Decriminalisation of abortion is the beginning not the end. We need sustained effort to increase access and reduce costs, especially for rural and regional women,” she concluded.