Help Us Improve Access to Abortion
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 asks to Premier to prioritise response to Domestic Violence
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
Globe Wilkins preschool saved!
Parents, children, staff along with Jenny Leong MP and Jo Haylen MP in June 2019, at the former Globe Wilkins preschool when Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, announced that the NSW Government would support a new building for the preschool to continue on the site.
In 2019, the Globe Wilkins preschool was under threat as its building in the grounds of the Wilkins Public School was required by the school. A strong community campaign ensued with parents and the Save Globe Wilkins community group, advocating for Globe Wilkins to be maintained on this site. The concerted efforts by this community of parents and supporters, lead to the NSW Government supporting the construction of a new preschool on the Wilkins Public School grounds and this new building opened in Nov 2021.
Jenny was happy to support the maintenance of this highly respected preschool on the site and was 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, including its Aboriginal Preschool Language program and its ongoing support for children with a disability.
This is a big win for all the parents and local community involved in the Save Globe Wilkins campaign who should be congratulated for campaigning hard to keep this invaluable preschool in our community.
Former Greens Councillors Tom Kiat and Colin Hesse worked collaboratively with the community and parents on the campaign to save Globe and to keep it run by the Inner West Council with low fees and strong community involvement. 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 Leong MP on The Project
Jenny stepped out of the chamber on Thursday night to update The Project on the bill to decriminalise abortion.
Greens to Co-Sponsor NSW Abortion Law Reform Bill
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
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Choices
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
Jenny Leong takes on Women's rights portfolio
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
Banning Harassment and Intimidation of Women outside Reproductive Health Clinics
Jenny spoke in support of implementing safe access zones outside of reproductive health clinics in NSW.Read more
National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day
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.