On Saturday, three generations of women in my family marched for the right of women in New South Wales to choose if, when and how we become mothers.
This would seem to be a fundamental human right in 2019 and yet… there are politicians and members of our community who say it is not our right as women. They believe it’s a decision that must be taken out of our reckless, murderous lady hands and placed instead in the hands of the church and the state. Which is a terrific idea because priests and politicians have historically proven themselves wonderful custodians of morality.
The decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is not a matter for the church. It’s not a matter for the state. It’s certainly not a matter for men like Tony Abbott or Barnaby Joyce or Fred Nile whose voices are inexplicably amplified as though they speak for mainstream Australia.
When it comes to abortion, that’s just factually incorrect just like it was factually incorrect on the subject of same-sex marriage which was wholeheartedly and open-heartedly supported by the vast majority of Australians. Every poll shows that more than 70 per cent of Australians – regardless of who they vote for – supports the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW and believes in a woman’s right to choose.
Explaining abortion to Uncle Barnaby. Post continues after video.
The vast majority of Australian voters trust women to make choices about their own lives and their own bodies.
Because having a baby is a huge decision and one that no woman should be forced or coerced into. Because accidents happen. Because some pregnancies aren’t viable. Because life. Because choice.
My mother fell pregnant by accident when she was 17. She wanted to have that baby and she did. It was the right decision for her. I fell pregnant by accident when I was 19. I was in an abusive relationship with an awful man and I did not want to have his baby so I had a termination. It was the right decision for me and for a child I did not want and could not look after.