As abortion advocates begin to agitate for abortion law reform in New South Wales, it is a good time to revisit the kinds of misinformation that our politicians may be using to frame their decision making. In the lead up to Tasmanian reform, women's groups including Hobart Women's Health Centre, Family Planning Tasmania, and Women's Legal Service Tasmania, produced a document entitled End the Confusion. This publication not only misrepresented public opinion about abortion, but sought to mislead and misinform both politicians and the general public about several important issues surrounding abortion.
We addressed these issues in our own publication, Mass Confusion.
Following this, we also put in a submission to the Tasmanian government, noting with particular concern many of the very misleading information that was provided to the committee during the debates about this legislation. Whilst we are yet to see the substance of any proposed law reform in New South Wales, we can be assured that the proposals will be similar in nature and that our parliamentarians will be similarly misinformed.
Read the documents. Understand the issues. Recognise how confusing this can be for those who look to others for trustworthy and reliable information, and who then make decisions on our behalf. Make sure they hear the facts.