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National Day of Action – Our Bodies, Our Babies, Our Rights – Thursday February 18, 2010

n282058942878_7110Women around Australia have been shocked and dismayed at the Rudd Government’s continued refusal to recognise their new maternity ‘reforms’ will remove Australian women’s fundamental human right to choose where and how she gives birth.

DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE (PDF) 14 rallies across Australia, thousands of women gather to tell Kevin Rudd, Our Bodies, Our Babies, Our Rights.  Childbirth decisions belong with women not the PM.

WHAT: National Day of Action – My Body, My Baby, My Right to Decide
WHERE: Ballarat, Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Blue Mountains. Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Gladstone, Stanthorpe, Coffs Harbour. Venue details below.
WHEN: Thursday February 18, 2010
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At the birthplace of democracy in our country, women are standing up for their basic democratic rights. In Ballarat on Thursday February 18th women and their families will join together and tell Kevin Rudd –

MY BODY, MY BABY, MY RIGHTS.”

A3poster_birthAt the Eureka Stockade in 1854 individuals had to fight to defend their democratic rights & civil liberties and 150 years later women are having to do it all over again Kevin Rudd. Why??

We are calling for a National Day of Action to support our sisters in Ballarat and to remind our elected Government that they are there to serve the interests of the Australian people, not the financial and political interests of lobby groups like the Australian Medical Association.

On February 18, concerned citizens around the country will gather together outside their local Member for Parliament’s office to let them know, women’s rights matter and we are not going to give up and go away.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says that health reform stops with him. Proposed maternity reform promised to enable Australian women to have access to Medicare funding for midwifery care, enabling greater choice. In fact what Rudd has done is remove a woman’s fundamental right to self determination, After intense lobbying from the Australian Medical Association, Health Minister Nicola Roxon has given the green light to Doctors having the final say in the choices women make during pregnancy and birth. Women choosing a midwife at hospital or at home will have their basic rights to informed consent and refusal removed, replaced with medical veto.

These laws will affect the birth choices available to ALL Australian women now and in the future. Our daughters will live and birth by the choices our Government makes today.

When having a baby do you want to make choices about your health care?

New reforms introduced by the Rudd Government were meant to increase support to women, giving them the option of choosing a midwife to care for them.

Many women have said they would love this care, especially because the care would come from 1 midwife from early pregnancy, through labour and birth and up to 6 weeks after the birth. The best part being, many midwives provide home visits! Pure Luxury.

Many Mums think this care is long overdue!

Enter the problem! The Australian Medical Association has decided that women will only be able to choose midwifery care if a Doctor agrees.  This means if a doctor is not prepared to support the local midwives, then women will not have access to care.

We believe while women may seek advice and support from their doctor that ultimately they have the right to make decisions about their bodies.

Do you think Australian women, not Kevin Rudd should make decisions about their own healthcare? If so come and support us – event details below.

If you can organise a local gathering in your area for Feb 18 or during the upcoming election campaign please email with your details. Include your name, email, mobile number if you want to be an organiser and let us know your electorate.

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EVENTS

Ballarat – Join Facebook Event Group
Where: TBC
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:00 am to 12:00 am
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Newcastle/Hunter – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Sharon Greirson
Where: 427 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300
When: Thursday, February 18 from 9:45 am to 11:00 am
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Adelaide – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Kate Ellis
Where: 161a Main North Road NAILSWORTH SA 5083
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Gosford – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Belinda Neal
Where: 91 Mann St GOSFORD
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Canberra- Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Kate Lundy
Where: Unit A, Ground Floor, Law Society Building 11 London Circuit Canberra ACT 2601
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Tasmania (Hobart) – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Carol Brown
Where: AMP Building, Ground Floor 27 Elizabeth Street Hobart Tas 7001
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Brisbane- Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of  Kerry Rea
Where: 69 Clara Street Wynnum Qld 4178
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Perth- Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Melissa Parke
Where: 62 Wray Avenue Fremantle WA 6160
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Sydney-Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Tanya Plibersek
Where: 111-117 Devonshire Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Blue Mountains-Join Facebook Event Group
Outside office of Bob Debu
Where: 98 Bathurst St Katoomba NSW 2780
When: Thursday, February 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Cairns – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside the office of Jim Turnour
Macdonnells Building
102 Grafton Street Cairns Qld 4870
When: Thursday, February 18 Time  from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Darwin – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside Senator Trish Crossin’s office
25 Chung Wah Terrace Palmerston NT 0830
When: Thursday, February 18 Time from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Stanthorpe – Join Facebook Event Group
We are planning to meet at Weeroona park Stanthorpe.
When: Thursday, February 18 Time from 10 am to 11 am
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Coffs Harbour – Join Facebook Event Group
Outside Office of Luke Hartsuyker
39 Little Street Coffs Harbour
When: Thursday, February 18 Time from 11 am
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Gladstone – Join Facebook Group
Outside office of Chris Trevor
Library Square, Goondoon St, Gladstone
When: Thursday, February 18 from 9 am to 10 am
Contact:

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FACEBOOK

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The Campaign so Far

Wondering what this is all about? Read a summary of the events so far in the campaign from midwife, Jane Palmer. http://www.pregnancy.com.au/midwifery/save-private-midwifery/our-campaign-so-far.shtml

View information about the related Bills on the Senate website here.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/health_leg_midwives_nurse_practitioners_09_nov09/index.htm

For more info email

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Media Relase – Dept of Health & Ageing 4 Feb 2010:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-nr-nr018.htm?OpenDocument

Videos below from the Mother of All Rallies in Canberra, September 2009 with speeches from Liberal MP Andrew Laming and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

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