Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Women's Reproductive Health Service
- Phone (07) 3357 5570 Fax (07) 3857 6246 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Postal Address: PO Box 2005 Windsor Qld 4030 Australia Service Address: 237 Lutwyche Road Windsor
A lobby group that promotes women's sexual and reproductive health choices in relation to unplanned pregnancy, Children by Choice (CbyC) was established in 1972 as an offshoot of the Queensland branch of the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA), to offer family planning advice and counselling to women confronted by the reality of an unplanned pregnancy. At this time, legislation dating back to 1899 criminalised abortion and most Queensland women had to travel interstate to obtain one. This legal reality led to staff at CbyC expanding their range of activities to include offering counselling and medical referral services to doctors at St Anne's Hospital in Sydney. By 1975 CbyC had developed a package deal with Ansett Airlines and Population Services International (PSI) to help women to travel to Sydney for abortions. It was not the original intention for CbyC to become an abortion referral service, but this became the Association's best known activity at that early point in its history.
Despite having bricks thrown through the windows of their premises and their funding slashed periodically throughout the last three decades, CbyC have continued to provide essential counselling services to the women of Queensland. 'The survival of Children by Choice has been a story of struggle and sacrifice.'
Sources used to compile this entry: 'CbyC History', http://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/nwww/history.htm, [accessed 02-12-2004].