We’re quietly confident today.
After two weeks of impassioned, sometimes toxic, debate the New South Wales bill to decriminalise abortion has passed the state’s lower house.
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The bill was passed just before 11pm last night with 59 in favour and 31 against.
We have those 59 people to thank for pushing our country’s most populous state (and only state yet to decriminalise abortion) closer to the rest of the country when it comes to abortion law.
And there are two men who have been invaluable allies to the women who have fought so long for the legal right to choose.
Independent MP Alex Greenwich and New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard have been integral in getting this bill to parliament, and integral in reminding us that the “Barnabys” of the world might be loud and proud and all up in our uteruses but there are white, male politicians in positions of power who are on our side.
Yes, there is some irony in the fact that it’s been two middle-class men who’ve enacted change.
We’ve had thousands of women share the hashtag #arrestus showing the power of unity in numbers.
We had Greens MP Jenny Leong share her abortion experience as a 20-year-old backpacker in front of a room full of colleagues.