Union of Australian Women Collection, UQFL193, Box 24, item 19
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The Union of Australian Women was a national organisation, formed in 1950. Its aim was to work for the status and wellbeing of women across the world. It was involved in a wide variety of campaigns that concern women, and networked with other women's community and union groups on such issues. The national branch closed in 1995 and the Queensland branch disbanded in 1999.
Badge with a red background with a white awareness ribbon in the centre, where a red outline of the state of Queensland forms the shape of the ribbon. Encircling this are the words 'Children by Choice'.
Children by Choice is a Queensland counselling, referral and information service for women experiencing unplanned pregnancy. When the organisation was established in Brisbane in 1972, Queensland women had very limited access to contraceptive and abortion services. As an arm of the Queensland-based Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA), Children by Choice was the first dedicated unplanned pregnancy counselling service in the state. The organisation was soon established in its own right, as an independent Association, and in the 1970s part of its counselling and education services included referrals and assistance for women to travel to New South Wales for safe abortions. Later, amidst lobbying for legislation change and other political action, Children by Choice began expanding operations by opening several clinics, first in northern New South Wales and then in the Brisbane area and regional Queensland.