Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights

Read the full policy on Reproductive Rights.

(Adopted August 2014)

Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

1. Reproductive rights are human rights, embracing rights already recognised in international law, national laws, and other human rights agreements. 

2. Reproductive rights include the right to bodily integrity and to determine whether or not to engage in sexual activity, relationships, reproductive choice and the formation of families.   

3. Biological reproductive health is interconnected with the other social determinants of health, including economic status, power relations in decision making, social attitudes, and barriers to information and services. 

4. Individuals should be able to exercise their reproductive rights free from discrimination or coercion on grounds of sex, race, age, ability, class, sexual orientation, gender, location or family type.

5. Individuals’ capacities to meaningfully exercise reproductive rights are dependent upon their access to health information and services addressing the full range of reproductive health needs throughout their lifespan

6. The principle of women’s rights to informed reproductive choice, free of coercion, should be the basis of all policy and services regarding women’s reproduction.

7. Women’s health needs should be included in a primary health care model and women should be given the option of accessing birthing facilities that need not be tied to a hospital environment.

Aims

The Queensland Greens will:

1. Ensure that confidential, objective, secular and publicly funded counselling services for making fertility choices, including surgical and pharmaceutical termination of pregnancy, are available in all regions in Queensland.

2. Enact legislation that makes termination of pregnancy through appropriate surgical or pharmaceutical procedures a safe and legal choice for women, including by:

a) Repealing all provisions of the Queensland Criminal Code and other sanctions regarding termination from Queensland legislation, including sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Queensland Criminal Code 1899, which currently allow abortion to be criminalized.

b) Make legislative changes to allow qualified medical practitioners to obtain, prescribe and administer appropriate pharmaceutical agents for termination of pregnancy.

3. Consult with public and private providers of termination services to design and enact measures which will ensure women using either system can make timely choices of the most appropriate options, free from financial constraints. These might include, for example, provision of a wider range of Medicare procedure numbers, subsidies of gap payments to private providers, and establishment of emergency funding for women who require assistance where the usual health funding arrangements would not apply.

Integration of human rights and social models of care into service delivery

4. Strengthen access to reproductive rights for women with disabilities, including better delivery of those rights currently unmet in practice in the areas of forced sterilisation, access to relevant, secular sex education and family planning counselling.

5. Strengthen the access to objective, individually appropriate, sexual health and family planning information for persons with disabilities, their Carers and prospective parents of persons with disabilities.

6. Improve the accessibility of reproductive health services for rural and regional Queenslanders, through health funding targeted to better reflect the size and needs of the Queensland population living outside major cities, by; 

a) Funding increased training in reproductive health occupations, for women already committed to living in regional Australia, to address the retention of female general practitioners in rural practices. 

b) Research means to distribute a greater share of reproductive health funding to community based and primary care health practices in regional areas, decreasing hospital service dependence.

7. Address the unacceptable rates of infant mortality and maternal health problems in Indigenous Queenslanders so that their frequency becomes comparable to non-Indigenous Queenslanders, by consulting and co-operating with Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander administered health organisations, to increase access to culturally appropriate continuity of care for Indigenous mothers and their infants across the state.

8. Improve availability of termination procedures across the state by utilising the infrastructure and expertise of existing private clinics, supplemented by the establishment of termination services in public facilities.

Professional Development

9. Ensure the option of universal midwifery care is available where desired by pregnant women throughout the state and is accessible in a variety of settings, such as home births, a community health facility, or hospital.

10. Expand obstetrics options by supplying salaried midwives or giving midwives access to provider numbers and facilities in community health centres or visiting rights for home delivery without additional costs to the client.

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