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Australian women lose out with Catholic pregnancy counselling.



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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

Australian women lose out with Catholic pregnancy counselling

Senator Nettle, 2nd January 2007

Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today condemned the government's decision to award the pregnancy counselling hotline to the Catholic Church.

"Women across Australia can not access independent pregnancy counselling from the Catholic Church which opposes abortion," said Senator Nettle.

"In awarding this contract the government has failed to ensure that women's health is at the forefront of their decision making.

"Minister Abbott has clear views on abortion but his role as Health Minister requires him to look after the health of Australian women. In his Ministerial responsibilities he has failed.

"The Government should not be funding and promoting a pregnancy counselling service that can not provide independent advice on all three options for women with a unplanned pregnancy.

"The Greens call on the Government to reconsider this tender with the health of Australian women at the forefront of their minds," concluded Senator Nettle.

Senator Nettle jointly introduced a bill on the final day of Parliament last year to ensure transparency in advertising by pregnancy counselling services. This bill is due for debate this year.

Contact: Chris Dubrow 0416 385 803 or 6277 3501