I'm passing the following letter along to help our sisters in Australia.
Believe it or not, abortion is still illegal in most of Australia! And a young couple in Cairns, Queensland is being prosecuted for "procuring" an abortion through the use of RU-486, a drug that is commonly prescribed
in the U.S. For decades, Australian officials didn't take action against women who chose to terminate a pregnancy. But under pressure of the international "Right to Life" movement, including groups that originate in the U.S., the right of women to control their own bodies is under tremendous attack.
Radical Women in Melbourne, Australia is part of a nationwide organizing effort to get the charges dropped against the Cairns couple and to get anti-abortion laws off the books. You can help by signing the online petition at
Please forward this message to your friends and promote it on your Facebook and MySpace pages and Twitter account. The deadline for signatures is October 1.
To read more about this issue and the October 9 National Day of Action Rallies in Australia, please visit the Radical Women website at
There you can download a petition to circulate, endorse the nationwide Day of Action, and read more about the Cairns case. A recent article on the case is also on a recent Ms. Magazine blog at Ms. Magazine blog! See
To donate to the Melbourne organizing, please click here to contribute via PayPal.
Thank you for spreading the word and helping our sisters Down-Under win the fight for reproductive justice.
U.S. Radical Women
National Radical Women
625 Larkin St. Ste 202, San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone 415-864-1278 * Fax 415-864-0778