Federal Labor Pledge $9.3 Million For Safe & Affordable Reproductive Health Services

Tanya Plibersek, deputy leader of the Labor party has announced a plan to ensure Australian women can have better access to legal, safe and affordable reproductive health services if elected. To achieve this, the plan requires federal funding to cover abortion services in public hospitals, easing the burden on women to seek and fund adequate medical care. As part of the National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, Labor also seeks to decriminalise abortions in NSW, review the medical rebate for long-acting reversible contraceptives and improve access to the contraceptive pill. The Daily was joined by Associate Professor Barbara Baird from Flinders University who completed her PhD about South Australian women’s experiences of illegal abortion before 1970.

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