The Australian Greens have condemned Senator John Madigan’s unnecessary sex-selection abortion bill as a front for progressing the anti-choice agenda, debated in the Senate today.
“It’s sickening and alarming that the Abbott Government and some crossbench and Labor senators are trying to drag us back to the 1950s,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
“Without clear evidence that sex-selection abortions happen in Australia, this bill is completely unnecessary and is driven by anti-choice agenda.
“Make no mistake, the debate today revealed this bill is the first step in an attempt to wind back women’s reproductive rights even further.
“Indeed, abhorrently, Labor Senator Bullock referred to the bill as a “small step in the right direction”.
“Women’s reproductive rights are already grossly hampered, with abortion still illegal in some states.
“The Greens will stand firmly against old-white-man think in the Liberal and Labor parties and the crossbench, threatening to impose on women’s choices about our bodies and lives,” Senator Waters said.
The Senate Inquiry received submissions opposing this bill from groups the Public Health Association Australia, Australian Medical Association, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Women’s Legal Services Australia and Reproductive Choice Australia.