Woman’s right to choose back on the agenda

I am a woman. I’m of a certain child-bearing age. I would dearly love to add another little bundle of joy to my family and if I were to take a pregnancy test and see two beautiful pink lines appear, I would be over the gosh-darned moon!

I am also white, married, financially secure and have a supportive village around me.

So I am also a realist. And I recognise that not every pregnancy is a gift.


Life is far more complicated than the black and white concept of pro-life and pro-choice, but if pushed to take a side, I definitely fall into the pro-choice category.

Stories such as this confirm this. The TL/DR version is: a young woman, already a single mother of two, was unknowingly pregnant before she had a IUD inserted.

“[The doctors] refuse to remove the IUD because she is [7 weeks] pregnant and will miscarry if they pull it out, and because abortion is a crime they’re not touching her,” says counsellor Michelle Reynolds.

“They basically told her that when things go pear-shaped, as they obviously will with a pregnancy and a device in the same uterus, she can come back to the emergency department.”

To all of the pro-lifers who promote the idea that abortion should remain a criminal act in Queensland, I wonder what they make of this poor woman’s situation?

Hers is the very definition of ‘grey area’. The pregnancy is no longer viable, and continuing as-is is dangerous to her health; and yet ending the pregnancy could constitute a crime.

How does this make sense in anyone’s book?

Legislation to decriminalise abortions in Queensland was put on the back burner last year, amidst fear-mongering from politicians and pro-lifers that it would make it all too easy for late-term abortions to become commonplace.

I’m thrilled to report, however, that the Palaszczuk government has since gone on the record to state that the government will introduce a bill to reform the state’s abortion laws, after the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviews the issue and drafts legislation.

It’s one step closer towards sensible laws that support basic human rights.