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The Political badges, F3338 collection consist of 39 badges that relate to issues and groups such as the anti-Vietnam War movement, anti-uranium mining, disarmament and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The badges were collected by Judith Campbell.
Research compiled by Emily Brand (Union of Australian Women Collection, UQFL193, Box 24, item 19).
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'. Embossed text on back of badge 'A. J. Parkes'; outline of Australia (Tasmania not shown) with text 'AUST WIDE' in middle of continent; and 'PATENT NO. 428765'.
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.