Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Women's rights further eroded - Homebirth denied

Today our health minister, Nicola Roxon introduced two Bills to Parliament. One of these bills eroded women's rights to choose to birth at home with the midwife of her choice. This is unacceptable.

It is not acceptable to treat women this way. Every woman deserves to have the choice to employ her own midwife or to access the health service offerings, to choose her place of birth and to be supported in her choice.

Women are citizens of Australia. We are thinking, autonomous beings and want sovereignty over our bodies.

Who got to Nicola? Who over-rode her innate understanding of women's rights?

What do we need to do differently to get this to change?

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