During this election campaign, the Australian Labor Party made a number of sexual and reproductive health commitments. If elected, they would fund the development of a national strategy for sexual and reproductive health, including abortion care; increase public access to abortion care and support a community of practice for medical practitioners. They also made a commitment to tackle the issue of reproductive coercion.
With this weekend’s election result, we are disappointed that these commitments may not come to fruition.
Marie Stopes Australia works across the political spectrum to generate better sexual and reproductive health outcomes for all Australians.
Our priority will always be ensuring fair and equitable access to abortion and contraception options, nationally. And we will be unflinching in our pursuit of this goal regardless of the government in power.
Marie Stopes Australia congratulates Scott Morrison and his team on their election victory. We urge Mr Morrison and the incoming Health Minister to make the same commitment to sexual and reproductive health as their colleagues in the opposition.