Tag: abortion

  • High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

    High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

    By Caroline Henckels, Ronli Sifris, and Tania Penovic The High Court of Australia handed down a judgment on April 10 that upheld Tasmanian and Victorian laws that created “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. The court ruled the laws are constitutionally valid. Safe access zones prevent anti-abortionists from targeting patients, staff and others within a […]

  • As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

    As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

    By Tania Penovic, Monash University; Caroline Henckels, Monash University, and Ronli Sifris, Monash University Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. Photo: AAP/David Moir From October 9-11, the High Court of Australia will hear a challenge to the constitutional validity of Victorian and Tasmanian legalisation […]

  • State by state, ‘safe access zones’ around clinics are shielding women from abortion protesters

    State by state, ‘safe access zones’ around clinics are shielding women from abortion protesters

    By Ronli Sifris It has been a significant few years for the legal promotion and protection of the right of Australian women to access the full range of reproductive health services. Legislation decriminalising abortion was passed in both Victoria and Tasmania. The federal government took a stance in support of the accessibility of RU486, the medical […]

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Reproductive rights still under threat

    By Ronli Sifris Decades after the fight for reproductive rights began in Australia, the issue is in the spotlight again because of three significant developments. Report on Involuntary Sterilisation of People with Disabilities Australia, together with many other countries, has a history of sterilising people with disabilities and intersex people. During 2012-13, the Senate Community […]

  • New book offers a different perspective on torture

    A new book by Castan Centre Associate Dr Ronli Sifris, providing another angle on a feminist understanding of international human rights, will be launched in early March. The book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture, examines restrictions on reproductive freedom through the lens of the right to be free from torture […]

  • Tasmania Decriminalises Abortion

    By Ronli Sifris A country that respects the rights of women should not be satisfied with abortion remaining a crime. Tasmania has taken a huge step forward, writes Ronli Sifris. The right to terminate a pregnancy has been categorised as falling within a number of existing human rights norms, such as the right to health […]