ALHR: Government must do more to protect reproductive health rights

Lawyers Weekly, 22 March 2018

The leading advocacy group for human rights law in Australia has called on the federal government to better ensure the country is meeting its international obligations to protect women and girls when it comes to processes such as abortion. 

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) spoke earlier this week in response to comments from Nationals MP George Christensen and incoming Senator Amanda Stoker, who – at an anti-abortion rally held in Queensland this past Sunday – said they would lobby Treasurer Scott Morrison to cease funding of family planning services that include abortion, both in Australia and internationally.

FPAA’s statement opposing the global removal of funding to reproductive services

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA), 27 January 2017

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) opposes the Global Gag Rule, reinstated by US President Trump on Monday 23 January 2017, which prohibits international organisations from receiving US Aid if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services.

This action will set a global agenda in restricting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive and sexual health services. Marie Stopes International has estimated that without US funding, the loss of services during Trump’s first term, between 2017 and 2020, would result in:
– 6.5 million unintended pregnancies
– 2.2 million abortions
– 2.1 million unsafe abortions
– 21,700 maternal deaths

SHine SA is a member of the FPAA and a signatory to this media statement.