Greens Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi and Greens Spokesperson for Women, Senator Larissa Waters, have welcomed the decriminalisation of abortion in New South Wales.
Senator Faruqi said:
“This is an absolutely incredible moment and I am escstatic that, after over a century, abortion is out of the Crimes Act.
This is a victory for women who for too long have been denied their bodily autonomy as the law considered them criminals for exercising their reproductive rights. It is a credit to the community and campaigners for their work in demanding change to end patriarchal laws.
“I am so proud of the role the Greens have played in progressing this reform. Two years ago, my bill to decriminalise abortion was debated and the campaign has continued. Now we must fight for expanded access to abortion for all women across the state”.
Senator Waters said:
“History has been made with abortion finally decriminalised in NSW today.
“Congratulations to all the women, pro-choice advocates, feminist activists, my Greens colleagues and everyone who has fought long and hard for this momentous change helping women make better, safer decisions about their body.
“Decriminalisation of abortion is a significant first step, now need to make abortion affordable and accessible for all women across Australia, especially in regional areas. Access to abortion is part of every woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”