Posted by: Chasy | 31/08/2009

Backyard abortions make a comeback as QLD dives into the dark ages

From ABC News Online:

Dr Adrienne Freeman says Queensland Health has ignored her offers to carry out abortions for women who are being told they have to travel interstate to have the procedure performed.

Queensland’s largest hospital, the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, stopped performing medical abortions a week ago because of confusion surrounding Queensland’s criminal code.

The move came after a couple in Cairns were charged for allegedly smuggling the abortion drug RU486 into Australia to terminate the woman’s pregnancy.

Dr Freeman says one Brisbane woman was faced with having an abortion performed in her home or a hotel room because she could not get the procedure performed in a hospital.

The woman, whose foetus has abnormalities, was advised by doctors that she must terminate the pregnancy, however a surgical termination was deemed unsafe.

I think I have steam coming out of my ears.

This is ridiculous. It’s the worst possible thing that could happen to women’s health and something we just assumed wouldn’t happen in our enlightened times.

Because we felt that there was no reason to fight against the laws which actually make many safe terminations illegal, we are forced to go back to the days of backyard abortions and bringing the standard of women’s rights in this country to new lows.

Anna fucking Bligh should be ashamed of herself for what she’s done. She has, essentially, told Queensland and the rest of Australia that not even women care about their reproductive rights. So, if women don’t care, why should anyone care?

Screw you, Anna. I hope your feminism-crushing populist politics come back to bite you on the arse.



  1. Chasey

    I think that you are exaggerating by suggesting that any backyard abortions will be performed as a result of this legal issue and as such you are doing your cause more harm than good.

    • Hardly. The article quite clearly states that the woman in question was almost forced to have the procedure in her home or a hotel room, and that two Queensland hospitals turned her away. If that is not the definition of ‘backyard abortion’, I don’t know what is.

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