Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Federal Health Minister to convene an emergency meeting of all state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general, as Queensland's abortion law stand-off continues.
Queensland hospitals have recently suspended medical abortion services as medical abortions are still technically illegal under Queensland criminal law, leading to women being referred interstate for treatment or facing the prospect of an abortion in their own home.
"The Federal Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, must step in and convene an emergency meeting with her state counterparts and this country's attorneys-general, to resolve this dangerous situation," said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Women.
"The Commonwealth has a responsibility to help resolve this legal confusion.
"Categorising abortion purely as a state issue fails to recognise the gravity of the cases occurring in Queensland.
"Abortion is a health issue, requiring consistent laws governing its access, and must be taken responsibility for as such.
"Women should have the right to access the health services they need, and to be able to make safe, legal choices.
"The Greens urge Health Minister Nicola Roxon to intervene, before thousands of women are blocked from safe access to health services in their home state."
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