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

Asia-Pacific News Shorts

NEW ZEALAND Abortion rates lowest in 25 years The number of abortions in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand. The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016. Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one … Continued

Bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales, Australia defeated in the state’s Upper House

A bill to to decriminalise abortion and replace a 116-year-old law was put to the vote on 11 May in the New South Wales Legislative Council, tabled by Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi. But the Abortion Law Reform Bill was defeated 25 to 14 in a “conscience” vote that saw all Government members voting against. Members of the packed public gallery shouted “shame” as the result was announced. The bill was backed by doctors, lawyers, teachers, … Continued

We spent the day with pro-choice pregnancy counsellors in a state where abortion is still a crime, Queensland, Australia

“She was with the guy for a month, but noticed the red flags for domestic violence… he was throwing things and getting controlling so she ended the relationship, which is really good.” It is 9am and the phones are ringing at Queensland’s only standalone pro-choice counselling service for pregnant women, Children by Choice. Counseller Sian Tooker is explaining a new client’s case to her boss, the organisation’s manager Amanda Bradley, so they can make a … Continued

Abortion law reform in Queensland and the Northern Territory, Australia

Queensland: Opposition MPs block two related bills introducing abortion law reform Queensland’s Liberal National Party decided unanimously not to support the second of a pair of bills reforming abortion law in the state, according to its leader. The two bills, introduced by independent MP Rob Pyne, sought to reform the criminal code to remove abortion as an offence. However, concerns had been raised that if only one of the two bills was passed, it could … Continued

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