In the debate about the NSW abortion law reform we should trust women to make good decisions about whether or not to continue a pregnancy

The New South Wales parliament is considering whether a 1900 law that criminalised abortion is appropriate for its regulation in 2019.

In 1900 it was widely accepted that women’s bodies and women’s sexuality were appropriately controlled by patriarchal power inherent in government, medicine, religion, and family life. The 1900 legislation was influenced by the racist ideology of eugenics in response to declining birthrates and claims that “selfish” white women were using abortion to control fertility.

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People of faith have as much, but no more, right as other people to engage in public deliberation on matters of law or ethics

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