I was brushing my teeth when I heard on the radio that a bill to decriminalise abortion would be debated in NSW parliament today.
‘About time’, I thought, imagining the positive, albeit reflective, article I’d write at the end of the day. After the conscience vote was completed and the bill passed through.
LOL. Joke’s on me. You see, I forgot.
I forgot the NSW Parliament is run three-to-one by white male ministers. (If you don’t believe me, click here.)
The bill wasn’t outrageous.
Minister Mehreen Faruqi from the Greens wasn’t offering to provide abortion ‘discounts’ or ‘benefits’ or ‘coupon codes’. She wasn’t urging women to rush out and terminate pregnancies without a second thought.
No. All she was trying to do was remove the procedure from the criminal code. Because, at the moment, that’s where we’re at: abortion in NSW is listed on the Crimes Act.