Australia: Abortion and Human Rights

(2017) 19(1) Health and Human Rights Journal 209

12 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2017

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Ronli Sifris

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Suzanne Belton

Charles Darwin University

Date Written: June 11, 2017

Abstract

This article adopts a human rights lens to consider Australian law and practice regarding elective abortion. As such, it considers Australian laws within the context of the right to equality, right to privacy, right to health, and right to life. After setting out the human rights framework and noting the connected nature of many of the rights (and their corresponding violations), the article shifts its focus to analyzing Australian law and practice within the framework of these rights. It considers the importance of decriminalizing abortion and regulating it as a standard medical procedure. It discusses the need to remove legal and practical restrictions on access to abortion, including financial obstacles and anti-abortion protestors. Further, it comments on the importance of facilitating access; for example, by keeping accurate health data, securing continuity of health care, increasing the availability of medical abortion, and ensuring appropriate care is provided to the most marginalized and vulnerable women.

Keywords: abortion, Australia, human rights

Suggested Citation

Sifris, Ronli and Belton, Suzanne, Australia: Abortion and Human Rights (June 11, 2017). (2017) 19(1) Health and Human Rights Journal 209. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2984645

Ronli Sifris (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Suzanne Belton

Charles Darwin University ( email )

Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT
Darwin, 0810
Australia

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