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Labor’s Anna Bligh attacks abortion rights

Anna Bligh is Queensland’s premier.  She is the first woman to become premier of a State by winning an election.

Many women throughout Australia felt joy at her victory.  They misunderstood gender for politics.

Bligh is now attacking abortion rights.

A 19 year old woman and her 21 year old partner have been charged with procuring an abortion – the first such prosecution in 50 years. She faces seven years in jail.

Her sister allegedly smuggled RU486 in from the Ukraine.  

The Blighborg has claimed this is really about the importation of drugs. If that is the case then why not charge her sister with a smuggling offence?

This is clearly an attack on abortion rights.  Already the clinic in Cairns which, under federal law, can use RU486 has stopped prescribing it on the basis that they too could be charged with the same offence.

It took some Liberal women, in the dying months of John Howard’s Conservative Government , to force that Government to allow RU 486 to be used in Australia under strict conditions.

The  Queensland ALP Conference also thought the charge was an attack on abortion rights.  They passed a motion last week demanding that the crime of procuring abortion be abolished. The Blighborg is going to ignore them.

Obviously ALP members are just for handing out how to vote cards, and running raffles (and attending boring soporific meetings).  They certainly aren’t there for influencing let alone determining policy.

The reactionaries in the ALP and the Conservative parties will use any opportunity to roll back progressive gains of the last 30 years.  Bligh is part of that reactionary push to criminalise abortion and force women into backyard abortions.

It is no accident she also wants to privatise many state assets and again will do so contrary to ALP policy.

The struggle for a just world is ongoing when the dictatorship of capital and its puppets in Parliament run things rather than ordinary working people.

Only a concerted push from below, organised by pro-abortion activists and mobilising significant sections of society, like the Nurses Union, will be able to pressure Bligh to repeal this odious law.



Comment from Nadia
Time June 13, 2009 at 2:11 am

This is so appalling. If we can’t get the criminal code amended after this Labor governments and now when a Labor Left woman in premier – then when? Bonnie Barry was kicked out by pro-lifers and now the law, which its only defence was that it was never used, is to be revived to destroy a woman’s life. Who is pressing charges? Do you know? Was it just police or DPP?

Comment from leonie
Time June 13, 2009 at 10:28 am


I don’t now who is pushing this. I do know Bligh has justified it, as mentioned in the article. She is basically saying she is not going to change the law and dared anyone to present a private member’s bill to repeal the criminalisation provision. I doubt anyone will. We need a campaign from below to force ALP politicians to do this, and to drop the charges.

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