Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill
The 8th of August 2019 marked a historic moment for women’s reproductive rights in NSW, with the passage of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 in the NSW lower house. Abortion has been criminalised in NSW for 119 years under sections 82 to 84 of the Crimes Act 1900. On the 21st of August the Bill also passed a vote in the NSW Upper House (26 votes to 15). In mid-September motions to amend the Bill will be heard and voted on. A poll released on Tuesday this week also shows that 71% of voters support removing abortion from the Criminal Code as this is consistent with polls conducted over the past three decades. We strongly encourage anyone wanting to get involved in activism around the bill to attend the NSW Pro-Alliance’s rally in support for ending abortion criminalisation in NSW at Hyde Park the weekend before the Bill is put before the Upper House. The Trust Women, Support the Bill Rally will be on September 14 from 11am-1pm at Hyde Park.
Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (Redfern)
WAGEC is a non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation that offers crisis services and early invention accommodation and support services to women, girls’ children’s and families who are at risk of homelessness an, or domestic violence. We have planned to do a visit to the centre to develop a connection with their client services manager.
Sanitary Item Project
Look for more boxes around campus including at Manning House at the Wom*n’s Room, Courtyard bathrooms, ABS basement, Wentworth SRC Building, Cumberland Library and more to come. We are also in the process of making a video to promote the locations of the sanitary item project around campus to be distributed on our Facebook page.
Self Defence Classes
ABS Seminar Room 3310 has been booked from 1-2pm to host Penny Gulliver to teach FREE self-defence classes. This event will coincide with the USU Health Week. Please let us know if you are interested in attending.