ASIA & PACIFIC – Status of adolescents in Asia and the Pacific Region: infographics

Infographics from ARROW covering data on the adolescent birth rate, the numbers living with HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and violence, menstruation taboos, child and forced marriages, and recommendations for governments for improving adolescent girls’ rights fulfilment and equality.

AUSTRALIA – Vulnerable women who need an abortion at risk, especially migrants, because of loss of jobs and high cost of abortion outside the insurance system

Vulnerable pregnant women could lose access to abortion throughout Australia because of increased financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, reproductive health providers have warned. A combination of widespread job losses, differing abortion laws around the country, and patchy access to Medicare, could mean more women need financial assistance to terminate unwanted pregnancies or will face carrying their pregnancies to term. Some providers even fear a return to people attempting unsafe abortions if women cannot afford legal … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion clause to remove abortion clinic safe zones from an otherwise progressive abortion bill passed when no one was paying attention

In February 2020, the Select Committee of the NZ Parliament received more than 25,000 submissions on the abortion law reform bill, which if passed will remove abortion from the Crimes Act. On 9 March 2020, in its second reading, in a confused vote in Parliament, MPs did away with part of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe zones’ possible outside abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis. MP David Seymour’s amendment to … Continued

AUSTRALIA/ NORTHERN TERRITORY – Northern Territory abortion waiting times decrease since 2017 law reform

The average waiting time for a surgical abortion in the Northern Territory (NT) dropped from three weeks to two weeks since the abortion law was reformed in 2017, but nearly two-thirds of women are still waiting longer than clinical guidelines recommend. Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in January 2020 analysed surgical abortion data from 2012 to 2017 in one public hospital in the NT. It also examined … Continued

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice

Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice by John Williams, David Plater, Anita Brunacci, Sarah Kapadia and Melissa Oxlad, South Australian Law Reform Institute, Report 13, October 2019 Department for Health and Wellbeing Response to SALRI report Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law, November 2019 The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI), based at the University of Adelaide, recommended major changes to South Australian abortion laws in a 560-page report to the … Continued

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