Media Release: Women’s right to choose co-sponsor Emma Hurst MP: “Animal Justice Party will play key role in passing this historic bill”
MEDIA RELEASE: 29th JULY, 2019
WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE CO-SPONSOR EMMA HURST MP: “ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY WILL PLAY KEY ROLE IN PASSING THIS HISTORIC BILL”
Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst, one of a record number of cosponsors of Alex Greenwich’s Reproductive Health Reform Bill 2019, has today welcomed the move to finally decriminalise abortion in NSW.
With the Bill expected to pass this week in the Lower House, the Animal Justice Party will likely play a key role when the Bill is introduced in the Upper House, where numbers will be much tighter.
“Most of us have either been in the situation ourselves, or have supported a friend who has had to make this difficult decision.
“One in four women in Australia have undergone an abortion. It is not a choice women make lightly.
“However under present NSW laws, unless a woman and her doctor can prove that her physical or mental health is in serious danger if the pregnancy continued, it is a criminal offence to terminate a pregnancy and punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. This is archaic.
“Many doctors are hesitant to offer pregnancy termination services due to uncertainty about the law and the fear of prosecution.
“Our current system restricts women’s access to this necessary healthcare procedure. It also adds enormous stress and pressure in an already difficult situation. Women need to be afforded the right to full control over their own bodies. The ongoing threat of possible jail time does not allow that.
“This is a bill that promotes women’s safety and self-autonomy in New South Wales. It will bring us out of the dark ages where we continue to rely on a 119 year old draconian law.
“We are the only state in Australia to still consider abortion a crime. It is time New South Wales acknowledged that termination of pregnancy is not a crime, and women can and must be able to make their own choices.
“The criminalisation of abortion remains a serious barrier to access to reproductive choice in NSW, and one that disproportionately affects women living in remote and rural areas and in lower-socioeconomic communities.
“All women, regardless of their income, location, race, culture, or education should have safe access to reproductive healthcare services, including abortions. This bill is a big step in the right direction to achieving this goal,” said Ms Hurst.
MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792
MEDIA RELEASE: 11th JULY, 2019
"STOP CONDONING ANIMAL CRUELTY": ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY NSW CONDEMNS MORRISON GOVERNMENT'S AGRICULTURAL PROTECTION BILL
The Animal Justice Party NSW expressed its disapproval of the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 today, stating that it was a bandaid response to underlying community concerns regarding animal abuse and cruelty.
"This bill will not address community's genuine concerns about the treatment of animals who are hidden away from public view in farms, slaughterhouses and on feedlots," said Animal Justice Party MP Mark Pearson.
"The only successful way to address farm trespass is to make it redundant.
"Mandatory CCTV cameras placed at critical points of animal welfare, recording the treatment of animals and routinely viewed and audited by an independent body would negate the need for activists to trespass to make their own recordings.
"The Morrison Government should be working to ensure transparency and accountability in the agriculture industry, not targeting distressed community members who concerned for the welfare of our animals," said Mr Pearson.
The Animal Justice Party NSW is especially critical of the Morrison Government's position given their history of failing to act on improving animal welfare – especially live export - and enforcing the relevant legislation.
"We know there is growing anxiety in our communities about animal cruelty in the animal agribusiness industry," said Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst.
"There is no protection for these animals outside of laws which the community recognises are failing.
"The huge majority of Australians want action to protect our animals. Here in New South Wales public pressure has already succeeded in starting an inquiry into the use of battery cages for hens in the egg industry.
"We urge the Morrison Government to turn their focus to animal protection and transparency in animal agribusiness industries," said Ms Hurst.
MEDIA CONTACT: Rosina Rayns, 0401 991 792