Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Women's Rights Organisation
The Women's Abortion Action Coalition Melbourne, established in 1972, was associated with the Women's Abortion Action Campaign Sydney. Using methods similar to those of the Sydney organisation, it held public meetings, demonstrations, conferences and lobbied members of parliament to campaign for support for repeal of the abortion laws in Victoria. The Women's Abortion Action Coalition attracted the participation of the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) women and reached the stage where between 1974 and 1976 almost all the members comprised SWP members. After a socialist feminist day held in early 1978, a new WAAC group emerged in Melbourne.
Sources used to compile this entry: Ballantyne, Glenda, 'Who decides? Perspectives on the abortion campaign', Scarlet Woman, no. 8, 1979, pp. 23-30.