Monday, November 9, 2009

Australia: Home Births Outlawed?

From ABC New Online:
A rally has been held outside Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's electoral office in Brisbane over a legislative amendment that protesters say will outlaw home births.

About 300 women and children and a sprinkling of men turned out in showery conditions outside Mr Rudd's Morningside office this morning.

Many waved placards, pushed prams or carried babies in their arms.

Speakers told the rally that women should have the right to decide how they give birth.

Those present say amendments to the Medicare for Midwives Bill will result in a medical veto over midwifery practice and home births.

They have challenged the Mr Rudd and Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon to stand up to the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and remove the amendment.

See also: The Age - Women rally against midwife changes

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