Newsroom: Abortion case headed for Human Rights Tribunal

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Six women who have sought abortion care and the Abortion Law Reform Association have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against women and pregnant people.

ALRANZ’s complaint to the commission on behalf of the women alleges “people who seek abortion care receive different and demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care”, according to ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak.

She says current abortion laws breach the human rights of pregnant people because no other people need approval of two certifying consultants to get healthcare, can be denied healthcare if they don’t meet grounds listed in the Crimes Act; are subject to arbitrary and unpredictable withholding of healthcare; and only people seeking abortions and contraception can be refused service on the grounds of the provider’s conscience with no warning, and no recourse.

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