NEWS SHORTS – NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA

  NEW ZEALAND – “New Zealand politicians should be embarrassed” With Ireland voting to lift its ban on abortion, reports Stuff Nation, New Zealand’s abortion laws have also been in the spotlight… An abortion law advocate said New Zealand politicians should be “embarrassed” by how slowly they’ve acted on the issue compared to Ireland.   SOURCE: Stuff Nation, 28 May 2018   *** NSW, AUSTRALIA – Bill to establish exclusion zones around clinics likely to pass This … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Children by Choice

Children by Choice is an independent Brisbane-based non-profit organisation, committed to providing unbiased information on all unplanned pregnancy options – abortion, adoption and parenting. They have a pro-choice and woman-centred approach. They provide non-judgmental all options counselling, information and referrals for Queensland women experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and post-abortion counselling, through their Queensland-wide phoneline and in person at their Brisbane office. They also provide sexuality education to young people and professional development training for health and community … Continued

TASMANIA – The closure of the main clinic providing surgical abortions in Tasmania has sparked a national debate in Australia

Dr Paul Hyland closed the main clinic (a private clinic) providing surgical abortions in Tasmania in May 2016. That is because the telemedicine service he had opened, the Tabbot Foundation, which provides medical abortion pills through telephone counselling, had reduced the clinic’s surgical abortion patients to only a few, too few for the clinic to be financially viable. The only other known (private) clinic charges $2,500. This situation, Buzzfeed reports, has now sparked a national … Continued

TASMANIA – Clinic providing fewer and fewer surgical abortions closes down and offers only medical abortion via telemedicine

In Tasmania, Australia, Dr Paul Hyland had been the main provider of surgical abortion for the past 17 years. But the increased demand for medical terminations over surgery, as well as the costs associated with running a clinic, were why he didn’t renew the lease at his clinic in Hobart this year. “In the year 2000, when we set up shop, there were 25 to 30 surgical terminations of pregnancy a week,” he told BuzzFeed … Continued

NAURU – Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers

Asylum seekers and refugees seeking abortions surgery and other treatment have been prevented from having overseas transfers for health care by a Nauru hospital committee. The Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island were opened in 2012 as detention centres for offshore processing of asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat. According to the Guardian: “They have been plagued by allegations of violence, including murder; sexual predation of men, women and, in particular, children; … Continued

AUSTRALIA – A world away from Nauru: abortion services and costs across Australia

  Medical and surgical abortions are available in all Australian states and territories. Medical abortion is only permitted up to nine weeks gestation. In Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, medical abortions can take place at home or in a clinic, but the pills must be prescribed by a licensed doctor. Telemedicine services providing medical abortion pills have been available in these states and territory since 2015. In the … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Woman prosecuted in New South Wales for self-use of medical abortion pills

  A Sydney woman who bought pills on the internet has been prosecuted for “self-administering a drug to procure a miscarriage”. In a decision on 5 July, made public only on 14 August, the Local Court magistrate said the woman, who was 28 at the time, had a “clear intent to procure a miscarriage”. In fact, she was beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy and was unable to find a clinic that would do an abortion for … Continued

28 May: Coalition urges Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

For the 28 May International Day of Action on Women’s Health, a coalition of legal, medical and community groups called on the Queensland Government to demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission. May 28 signalled three months since the government had committed to making this referral, as a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland. The coalition included: Human Rights Law Centre, Children by Choice, Fair Agenda, … Continued

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