my response towards the Religious Freedom Bill

Nicole reid
Posted March 9, 2020 from Australia

In response to the new religious Freedom Bill i have written i letter the effects on humanity that dosent want to follow the exact notion of god.

We as a nation have worked tirelessly to included and adjust our laws to increase equity for women meaning equal pay,maternity leave, this bill will effect womans rights in receiving prep treatment after sexual assaults as it is christian belief the woman should be married effectly denying medical treatments that could prevent HIV,HEP C, and a  range of other choices and options may also be banned here is a ink to the what the bill will cover https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/14/religious-discrimination-b...

i felt compelled to write a letter to prevent this bill this is going to be a major violation apron people rights to receive medical treatments  

Here is my letter to parliament To Ms Thwaites I am writing to you on behave of humanity and my current concerns for humanity. I am a transgender individual so i know my thoughts will be discounted as been bias. I feel compelled to make comment and to make my concerns known in relation to the religious freedom bill that is currently under consideration for implementation under Australian law. This bill will cause unprecedented amount of harm that will amount unacceptable risk to the Australian community in denying medical treatments to high risk and vulnerable members of the Australian community medical treatment should be an essential human right that is currently is accessible to all members of society within Australia. It has taken me many years for me to gain my mental health back and to get myself into the position that I am in today if it wasn’t my medical rights, I would not be able to contribute back to the Australian community. What scares me the most is my medical treatments could and will be denied setting my mental health back to where it was in the past, I end up back in the hospitals. many lives will be placed at risk this risk and this is unacceptable this will violate womens human rights to access prep after been sexual assaulted, access to contraceptive pills some women cant fall pregnant due to medical reasons we as a country have fought very had for women's rights and equality for inclusiveness. Please reconsider this bill

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for sharing your update, and powerful opposition letter, to this bill. I'm impressed that you did this. Please let me know what you hear back!

Nicole reid
Mar 13
Mar 13

this was my reply
Dear Nicole

Thank you for your letter.

The erosion of existing anti-discrimination protections is an area of great concern for Labor. We do not believe that the extension of the federal anti-discrimination framework to ensure that Australians are not discriminated against because of their religious beliefs should remove protections from discrimination that already exist in the law for other Australians, including protections that currently ensure Australians enjoy equal access to healthcare.

Labor recognises that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and strongly supports a person’s right to manifest their religion or beliefs. As a principle, we believe that religious belief, just like gender, sexuality and race, is an aspect of a person’s identity that deserves protection in Australian law.

It is important to note that the Government has yet to finalise its proposed religious discrimination laws. The Government has already made substantial changes between its first and second exposure drafts. And, to be clear, the new exposure draft is not a bill before Parliament – any Religious Discrimination Bill which the Government ultimately brings forward may look very different.

Once the Government has introduced legislation into the Parliament, and once Labor has a further opportunity to analyse the proposed new laws and to further consult with the Australian community, Labor will determine its position on the legislation.

Thank you for contacting me to share your views. I can assure you that I’ll take your concerns into account during this process. I wish you all the very best,

Yours sincerely

Kate Thwaites MP

Jill Langhus
Mar 13
Mar 13

Wow! Well, it definitely seems like a personalized letter. Were you content with her reply? Or, you don't think it will be resolved?

Nicole reid
Mar 13
Mar 13

I was intent on membes of federal government knowing my concerns surrounding key areas of the bill iam glad I received a reply. I do agree the we are a country of multiculturalism and should support any religious practices. My issues sounds the termination of medical rights for women,LGBT,and disabled. They where the key focus of my concerns of this bill. But I am all for people practiceing there religious beliefs. But I all so would like a substantial including of benifts surrounding medical rights

Jill Langhus
Mar 14
Mar 14

Oh, good.

Yes. I do, too.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hi Nicole,
Congratulations on taking the time and having the courage to write a letter standing up to this bill. Although it is named as a "religious discrimination bill" leading to the idea that people are being discriminated against for their religion, in fact it opens the door, as you point out, to lawful discrimination in so many ways towards people who do not fit into or agree with the interpretation by some of what is the right or wrong way to live.

Nicole reid
Mar 13
Mar 13

i dont have anything against people practicing there religion i think that there is a fine line between allowing people to practice there belief without interference. but i do think that when it comes to allowing people to deny medical care is a step to far but will be a hard introduction into how to balance what you belie and what medical rights

maeann
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thank you for sharing Nicole :)

Paulina Nayra
Mar 15
Mar 15

Hi Nicole,
I admire you for taking the step to express your concern about a pending bill in your country. Other people may share the same sentiments and you did them a favor by writing members of the Parliament. Good luck in your advocacy. Will be happy to know how it goes.
Huggs, Paulina.

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