Never, Ever, Again...: why Australian abortion law needs reform

de Costa, Caroline (2010) Never, Ever, Again...: why Australian abortion law needs reform. Boolarong Press, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

In the years prior to 1970, hundreds of Queensland women died from the complications of unsafe illegal abortion. Many thousands more survived, but suffered from chronic ill-health for the rest of their lives. Only in the past four decades have Australian women been able to access safe abortion, and this access has been most difficult for women of Queensland.

The tragic stories that are the history of abortion in Queensland have long been hidden in the police gazettes and inquest records of the state government archives. In Never Ever Again, Caroline de Costa unearths many of these records to show exactly what abortion meant for Australian women before the landmark Menhennitt judgement in Victoria and other legal cases opened the way for law reformers and enlightened doctors to provide safe accessible abortion. Although abortion law has been reformed or decriminalised in many Australian states and territories, it remains a crime in Queensland, New South Wales and other states - with ongoing detrimental effects for women. Not the least of these effects is the charging of a young Cairns woman with procuring her own abortion, almost certainly the only time such a charge has ever been brought in Australia. Caroline de Costa argues strongly for the need for abortion law reform right across the country - so the tragedies of the past and the tragedy of the present can never occur again. Never, ever, again.

Item ID: 29391
Item Type: Book (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-1-921555-51-0
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 02:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 34%
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