Collection UQFL488 - Children by Choice Association Records

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Children by Choice Association Records


  • 1967-2020 (Creation)

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39 boxes, 2 albums.

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Administrative history

Children by Choice Association Qld. was formed in Brisbane in 1972 by the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) to provide unplanned pregnancy counselling and assistance for women. Children by Choice soon re-located to its own premises and began operating independently from the ALRA. In the 1970s, the organisation provided referrals to doctors at St Anne’s Hospital in Sydney, the closest and safest place for Queensland women to receive an abortion, and campaigned for legislative change to decriminalise abortion. The service received no government funding until the early 1990s, following the election of the Goss Labor government. In 2006, Children by Choice was one of the key organisations that successfully campaigned to remove the ban on importing RU486, the so-called ‘abortion drug’, into Australia. This paved the way for the introduction of medication abortion services into Queensland and then other Australian states. After the decrimalisation of abortion in Queensland in 2018, Children by Choice continued to advocate for equitable abortion access across the State.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Records, 1967-1999.
Collection alternatively titled as: Children By Choice Association Collection.

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of the organisation records of the Brisbane based organisation, Children by Choice. It includes annual general meeting agendas and minutes, annual reports, correspondence, leaflets, media releases, papers, talks and submissions, subject files, records relating to funding, newspaper cuttings and photographs.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access, except access to Box 5 Folder 27 is restricted. Application for access to restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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Copyright applies.

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  • English

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Publication note

Material in this collection has been cited in:

Byrnes, Cassandra (2022). Conservative sex: a history of abortion, contraception, and sexual health in Queensland, 1960-1989 . PhD Thesis, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland.

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52797268 ; 63073204

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, AM, 09-Oct-2023.
Revised, JH, 2-Dec-2022.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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