Today, researchers from the Australian National University released the results of the latest Australian Election Study, which assessed the attitudes of 2,818 voters following the 2016 Australian election. Among the results, the study reveals that 69% of Australians support the right for women to obtain an abortion readily, the highest support ever.
Greens NSW MP and Status of Women spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, said:
“The Australian Election Study results released today show that national support for women to obtain an abortion readily is at its highest point in our nation’s history.
“It’s clear that Australians overwhelmingly support a woman’s right to choose and have access to abortion, which is not possible while states like NSW and Queensland persist with archaic laws that criminalise abortion.
“The campaigns in NSW and Queensland to decriminalise abortion and improve access are definitely gaining momentum and support to make these changes is higher than ever before.
“In 2016 I introduced the first ever bill in the history of NSW to decriminalise abortion and enact safe access zones and I’ll be pushing for a debate in early 2017. I urge politicians from all sides to listen to what the community wants and support these much needed changes.
“As this study shows, Australians have a record low level of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government, and this will only get worse if politicians do not listen to voters and act accordingly,” she concluded.
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Further information on the Australian Election study (See page 93 for attitudes towards abortion: www.australianelectionstudy.org
Further information on the Greens Abortion Law Reform Bill: http://www.end12.org.au/#intro