As a patron of Children by Choice, Larissa Waters proudly spoke at the opening of their conference this morning, and is urging the Queensland Government to continue special grant funding to Children by Choice to provide reproductive health services to rural and remote Queensland women.
In her address to the Children by Choice conference, Larissa talked about the need to reform the archaic abortion laws in Queensland, to provide Queensland women greater control over their bodies and their reproductive choices.
She also welcomed the decision by the Theraputic Goods Administration to register RU486 for wider use in Australia, and congratulated Marie Stopes International Australia for their successful application for registration of this drug.
Larissa also talked about the importance of women's access to unbiased pregnancy counselling as a key method of allowing women to make informed reproductive choices.
Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters with Dr Caroline Harvey from Family Planning Queensland (middle) and LNP Senator Sue Boyce (right) at the opening of the Children by Choice conference.
Children by Choice needs more financial support. One of their grants, from Queensland Health to provide reproductive health services to rural and remote women, is due to end this month, and its renewal is uncertain. Larissa wrote an urgent letter to both Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, urging that the grant be renewed.
In this letter, Larissa encouraged the Premier and the Minister to contact Children by Choice to learn more about the valuable services they provide to women in rural and remote parts of Queensland. This grant is a small amount for a vitally important service that makes a real differences to women's lives.