10th February, 06

The Atheist Foundation of Australia publicly congratulates Senators voting in favour of removal of the Health Minister’s right to veto the use of RU486. We urge members of the Lower House to follow the same democratic path and resist surrendering to personal theological agenda.

The decision by the Senate is not only a victory of some magnitude for women’s rights to control their fertility but it is a clear expression by parliament that church and state are and must remain separate identities.

President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia, David Nicholls said; “Backdoor efforts to restrict already legalised abortion have been thwarted for the moment. The reputation, integrity and honesty of our governing system now rest with the House of Representatives.”