After a decades long community campaign, abortion is finally legal in NSW but substantial barriers to access still exist. Issues with medical professionals fearing backlash or being unsure about what changes to the law mean can have a huge impact on the availability of abortions. A lack of incentivised training is also taking its toll on access.
There are ways to solve this - with some policy changes, some active promotion, a roll out of training and some clear support that reduces stigma, we can remove these barriers.
Sign the Petition Now
Decriminalising abortion was a much needed step to achieving reproductive rights in NSW - but we always knew that this law change wouldn’t be enough on it’s own. Join our call on NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to now deliver on the historic legislative reform we achieved last year by resourcing and empowering health professionals to ensure access to full reproductive rights.
Attention: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard
We the undersigned urge you to ensure full access to safe, secure and affordable reproductive health care in NSW. Now that we have achieved the long overdue reform to decriminalise abortion in NSW, we want to ensure it also results in real world change for women and people who need it.
We ask that you immediately:
- Ensure that all public hospitals in NSW provide surgical terminations as is the case in Victoria.
- Provide information to all local health districts and all relevant medical professionals that explains recent changes to abortion law and makes clear their obligations
- Actively promote the online training modules available for GP's to be able to provide medical abortion up to 9 weeks
- Encourage and incentivise health practitioners, particularly in regional areas, to attend in person training run through the Primary Health Care Network to increase skills and decrease stigma
- Establish monitoring and reporting mechanisms within NSW Health to ensure that action can be taken where people are given misleading or damaging information about their rights to access an abortion.
Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown has asked the Premier to take real action on Domestic Violence, given that on average 1 women is killed by her current or former partner every week in Australia.Read more
Big win! Globe Wilkins Preschool is saved!
In June this year it was amazing to join parents, kids, educators, the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell, the Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen MP and Globe's Director, Judie Don, to hear the Minister's announcement that Globe Wilkins Preschool will continue on the Wilkins Public School site.
This is a big win for all the parents and local community involved in the Save Globe Wilkins campaign who must be congratulated for campaigning hard to keep this invaluable preschool in our community. We were pleased to be able to make sure that the NSW Government was aware of the role that Globe Wilkins Preschool has played in setting the high bar of excellence in early childhood education over many years, and this announcement shows that all the great work done in this preschool has been recognised. Building a new preschool at Wilkins will mean that the excellent work Globe Wilkins does with its Aboriginal Preschool Language program and its ongoing support for children with a disability, will continue and grow.
Greens Councillor Tom Kiat and some of our Inner West Councillors from across the political spectrum worked collaboratively on the campaign to save Globe. The Greens are 100% committed to maintaining and expanding early childhood education services.
We need more investment in publicly funded early childhood centres and preschools so that they are accessible to everyone - and this win is a big step in the right direction to achieving this.
Jenny stepped out of the chamber on Thursday night to update The Project on the bill to decriminalise abortion.
The NSW Greens are 100% pro-choice and pleased to be joining with pro-choice MPs from across the political spectrum to co-sponsor the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. Jenny Leong MP, Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights, and Abigail Boyd, Greens Women’s Equity and Economic Justice spokesperson will be named on the Bill as co-sponsors along with 13 other NSW Members of Parliament.Read more
Last weekend I was part of a pro-choice panel with some pretty inspiring and amazing people, hosted by South Australian Greens MP Tammy Franks at the Australian Greens National Conference in Adelaide.
Daile Kelleher from Children by Choice and Greens Senator Larissa Waters spoke about how the campaign and legislation for the decrimalisation of abortion in Queensland was finally achieved in late 2018. You can read a great summary of the reform here.Read more
Following the 2019 State Election, Jenny Leong is pleased to accept the Women's Rights portfolio on behalf of the NSW Greens. This portfolio will have an emphasis on abortion law reform, anti-discrimination and sexual consent laws.Read more
Today Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown made sure the government was aware of the shocking rates of male violence against women in our society. Women in Australia are being assaulted and murdered by men everyday and it is not up to women to the fix that.Read more
Jenny spoke in support of implementing safe access zones outside of reproductive health clinics in NSW.Read more
Today we expressed our support for National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day, and called on the government to take a housing first approach to ensure victims of domestic violence do not end up sleeping rough.