Reproductive Choice

Enshrining reproductive choice in law: a timeline

  • 1998: Cheryl Davenport’s Private Member’s Bill leads to overhaul of WA laws
  • 2002/3: Katy Gallagher and Karin McDonald spearhead passage of ACT abortion law reform
  • 2005: Senator Claire Moore co-sponsors legislation to remove Health Minister’s veto on RU486
  • 2006/07: Clare Martin’s NT government moves abortion from the NT Criminal Code
  • August 2007 – Victorian MLC Candy Broad introduces Private Members Bill to remove abortion from the Victorian Crimes Act. This is later withdrawn when the Labor Government announces it will decriminalise abortion through its own Abortion Law Reform Bill. This becomes law in 2008.
  • 2009: After an EL-led campaign, the Federal Labor Government repeals AusAID restrictions on funded organisations providing abortion information and advice
  • August 2013: Health Minister Tanya Plibersek places RU486 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, making it affordable for everyone
  • November 2013: Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne guides through the Reproductive Health Bill to decriminalise abortion and establish buffer zones around reproductive heath clinics in Tasmania
  • November 2014: `Zoe’s Law’ Bill lapses in NSW Parliament after a campaign by EMILY’s List NSW members
  • October 2015: Health Minister Jill Hennessy introduces legislation into the Victorian Parliament to create buffer zones around reproductive health clinics to prevent protesters intimidating or harassing people entering the clinics.

Case Study 

Click here to read about the campaign to change Victoria's laws in 2008.