The Cairns couple will face trial on October 12 on charges brought under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws. The woman will face charges for intent to procure a miscarriage, carrying a penalty of up to seven years in prison whilst her partner faces charges for assisting her, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.
This is the first time a woman has been charged under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws and rallies held in Australias capital cities on Saturday will demand the dropping of the abortion charges and the repeal of the anti-abortion laws. Pro-Choice Action Collective activist, Kathy Newnam says “What is at stake in this case is a basic principle – a woman has the right to control her own body”.
The Brisbane rally will take place October 9 at 1pm in the CBD’s Queens Park.