• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE0022

Abortion Law Reform Association

  • Occupation Social support organisation


The Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) was formed in response to the deaths from the widespread practice of back-yard and self-induced abortion caused by unwanted pregnancies. The Association was campaigning to put an end to the legislation in Australia which enforced abortion as illegal. In Canberra the ALRA was established by Beryl Henderson. Julia Freebury was the Sydney convenor in 1972.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • The University of Melbourne Archives
    • Abortion Law Reform Association - Victoria
  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • Julia Freebury - papers, mainly concerning the campaign for abortion on request , including the records of the Abortion Law Repeal Association, together with related material, 1964-1984.
    • State Library of New South Wales - Julia Freebury interviewed by Rosemary Block about her participation in the Abortion Law Reform Association (N.S.W.), 1991
    • Welcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London - Contemporary Medical Archives Centre - Miscellaneous Collections relating to Australia and New Zealand, 1902-1984

Related entries

  • Member
    • Henderson, Beryl (1897 - 1990)
    • Tonkin, Miriam (1928 - )
  • Related Organisations
    • Children By Choice Association Incorporated (1972 - )
  • Affiliated
    • Trubridge-Freebury, Julia (1923 - 2014)