The rate of abortion in Australia is lower than you think

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The rate of abortion in Australia is lower than you think
By the National Reporting Team's Alison Branley and medical reporter Sophie Scott

Updated December 13, 2017

An ABC investigation has found that Australia has been following international trends and many of the available statistics point to a marked reduction in terminations across the country to a rate as low as 13.5 per 1,000 women.

Despite the available evidence, key opinion leaders, including the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, academics and family planning clinics, continue to mistakenly suggest Australia has one of the highest rates of abortion in the developed world — even though it is lower than countries like the UK and Canada.

Continued at source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-13/the-rate-of-abortion-in-australia-is-lower-than-you-think/9250122

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Women can wait up to a month to see an abortion provider in Queensland says doctor

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Women can wait up to a month to see an abortion provider in Queensland says doctor

November 28 2017
Amy Mitchell-Whittington

Women seeking abortions in regional Queensland after often marginalised and can face month-long waiting lists for an often unaffordable procedure that should be considered “essential healthcare”, a Brisbane-based abortion provider says.

Kalama Emanuel considers herself a “fly-in-fly-out worker” providing terminations to women in Rockhampton once a fortnight, where she said the wait-list can stretch to four weeks.

Continued at source: http://www.watoday.com.au/queensland/women-can-wait-up-to-a-month-to-see-an-abortion-provider-in-queensland-says-doctor-20171120-p4yx4d.html

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Australia: When a woman can control when she has children, she can control her future

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When a woman can control when she has children, she can control her future
Chris Turner

In Australia we often take the access to contraception for granted. We have to talk about the right to reproductive choice for women globally

Friday 24 November 2017

With issues of reproductive rights being raised in the senate and abortion law reform on the agenda for the election in Queensland on Saturday, it’s time to stop and think about what it might be like if we had no choice in planning our own families.
Cory Bernardi's provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition
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Earlier this year my wife and I had our first child. She was 37 and I was 39. I couldn’t imagine being better prepared than we were and yet today our house looks like one of the Wiggles exploded inside it and we are both very, very tired. I often asked myself, how would I ever have coped as a teenage father? What would my life be like if I had not one, but 10 children? While I can never know the answer, my job has given me some reliable insight; it would probably be really tough.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/25/when-a-woman-can-control-when-she-has-children-she-can-control-her-future

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This Is How Contraception Saves Women’s Lives In The Asia-Pacific

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This Is How Contraception Saves Women's Lives In The Asia-Pacific

"Being able to avoid an unwanted pregnancy could be the difference between life and death.”
Posted on November 21, 2017
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Around 214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions across the world want to access modern methods of contraception but can’t, estimates Marie Stopes International (MSI) Australia, a non-profit social enterprise providing access to reproductive health services in the Asia Pacific region.

Around 43% of pregnancies in developing regions are unintended and 13% of global maternal mortality is due to unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-is-how-contraception-saves-womens-lives-in-the-asia

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1 In 2 Queenslanders Would Change Their Vote If Candidate Opposed Abortion

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1 In 2 Queenslanders Would Change Their Vote If Candidate Opposed Abortion
Abortion remains a criminal offence in QLD.
Nov 20, 2017

Josh Butler, Associate Editor, HuffPost Australia

One in two Queenslanders would change their vote in the upcoming election if their candidate backed keeping abortion a criminal offence, according to new polling.

Community group Fair Agenda, which has been working to make abortion a key issue during the state election, revealed figures on Monday showing 50 percent of voters would be unwilling to vote for their preferred candidate if that candidate wanted accessing abortion to remain a criminal offence.

Continued at source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/19/1-in-2-queenslanders-would-change-their-vote-if-candidate-opposed-abortion_a_23282463/

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Queenslanders split on backing anti-abortion

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Queenslanders split on backing anti-abortion

By Felicity Caldwell & Ruth McCosker
20 November 2017

Almost half of Queensland voters would be unwilling to support their preferred candidate in the upcoming election if they wanted accessing an abortion to remain a criminal offence.

A ReachTEL poll revealed LNP voters were the most likely to support their preferred candidate if the candidate wanted abortion to remain a crime, with 62.1 per cent agreeing, compared with 42.5 per cent of Labor voters, 20.9 per cent Greens and 59.7 per cent One Nation.

Overall, 50.1 per cent of respondents said they would not vote for their preferred candidate if that candidate wanted access to abortion to remain a criminal offence.

Continued at source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/queenslanders-split-on-voting-decriminalising-abortion-20171120-p4yx3q.html

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Australia: ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris says review into abortion access ready next year

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ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris says review into abortion access ready next year
November 19 2017
Finbar O'Mallon

The ACT government is reviewing barriers women may be facing when trying to access abortion services in Canberra.

It's part of a wider review into sexual and reproductive health services the government expects to be completed by mid-2018.

Continued at source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-health-minister-meegan-fitzharris-says-review-into-abortion-access-ready-next-year-20171117-gznwy6.html

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Australia: Anti-Abortion Campaigners Are Calling Queenslanders To Say “Babies Will Die” If They Vote A Certain Way

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Anti-Abortion Campaigners Are Calling Queenslanders To Say "Babies Will Die" If They Vote A Certain Way

"If Labor is re-elected more and more babies will never be born," the recorded calls claim.

Posted on November 18, 2017
Gina Rushton

Queenslander Chris Wright's landline is private but this week she answered the phone to a pre-recorded message.

The voice urged her to put the Labor government last at the state's upcoming election or else "more and more babies will never be born".

"It was just despicable and I'm so annoyed," the 57-year-old told BuzzFeed News.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/anti-abortion-campaigners-are-calling-queenslanders-and?utm_term=.hpXqp0m4GB#.whoMbaYp3d

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Australia: Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

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Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting To Get Politicians To Take A Pro-Choice Pledge

"The person you vote for could determine whether or not abortion remains in the Criminal Code in Queensland."
Posted on November 18, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
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Women dressed in striking red robes and white winged bonnets will protest around Queensland ahead of the state election next Saturday, to remind voters that whether or not abortion remains a crime under state law will be decided by whoever wins at the polls.

The protesters are dressed like the handmaids in TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood classic in which fertile women are denied bodily autonomy and forced to carry pregnancies against their will.

They will call for those running in the election to join more than 140 candidates who have signed a pro-choice pledge, which is run by independent lobby group Fair Agenda and backed by The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/women-dressed-as-handmaids-are-protesting-queenslands?utm_term=.wwNV5eMXAv#.mnJ3pMqxwo

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Australia: Cory Bernardi’s provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

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Cory Bernardi's provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

Katharine Murphy
Thursday 16 November

The Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has triggered messy Coalition divisions on the floor of the Senate, with some government frontbenchers voting in favour of a motion opposing Medicare funding for the termination of pregnancies on gender grounds.

Bernardi proposed a series of provocative motions on Thursday morning covering abortion funding, greater scrutiny of the activist group GetUp and White Ribbon Australia’s support for abortion, including late-term terminations – which had Coalition figures cantering across the chamber.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/16/cory-bernardis-provocative-motions-on-abortion-divide-coalition

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