AUSTRALIA – Call to remove new telehealth restrictions imposed across Australia

Three stories from Australia, including a call to remove new telehealth restrictions imposed across the country, the closure of NSW-Victoria border crossing causing distress for women seeking abortions, and a unique South Australia legal requirement that adds hurdles for country women accessing abortions

EUROPE & AUSTRALIA – A decrease in premature births noted in a number of hospitals during Covid-19 lockdowns

As countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of Covid-19, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each team, unaware of the other’s work, crunched the numbers and found that during the lockdowns, premature births – especially the earliest, most dangerous cases – had plummeted. When they shared their findings, they heard similar anecdotal reports from other countries. … Continued

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

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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