New Zealand: Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks

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Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks
15 Oct, 2017
By: Sarah Harris
Reporter, NZ Herald

Erica never wanted children.

Certainly not aged 22, on minimum wage as a waitress, regularly binge-drinking alcohol, and without a partner.

But the Auckland woman discovered when she was 18 weeks along that she was pregnant.

She tried to get an abortion but says she was told it was too late.

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11928010

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Australia: Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

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Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

In a victory for women’s rights, a demonstrator has been found guilty of breaching safe access zones in Victoria

Tania Penovic and Ronli Sifris
Friday 13 October 2017

A 14-year-old girl, scared and vulnerable, realises that she is pregnant. A 43-year-old unemployed mother of five whose husband is recently deceased discovers she is pregnant and does not know how she will cope with another child. A 36-year-old woman with a planned pregnancy is processing a diagnosis of severe foetal abnormality.

Each year many Australian women deal with problem pregnancies. Some decide to continue with the pregnancy and some decide to terminate the pregnancy. Whatever the decision, they have a right to seek unbiased professional counselling and appropriate medical care; and they have a right to do so without being harassed, intimidated or interfered with as they are entering a clinic that provides the full range of reproductive health services. This is why Victoria’s safe access zone legislation, which prohibits certain conduct within 150m of a clinic at which abortions are provided, is so important.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/anti-abortion-protestors-have-acted-with-impunity-for-decades-that-ends-now

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Australia: A day in the life of an abortion nurse

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A day in the life of an abortion nurse

Saimi Jeong
October 7 2017

When Kitty Grozdich interviews a patient for the first time, they sometimes say things such as "I don't want to do this", and so she'll ask why they're there.

They might say their mum or their boyfriend is making them see her, which is a clear-cut reason to stop the procedure going ahead. But patients who say "maybe I'm making a mistake", Grozdich tells them: If you're saying "maybe", for me that means "no".

Continued at source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-abortion-nurse-20170922-gyn9f5.html

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Australia: Rural women face ‘alarming’ abortion service gaps, study finds

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Rural women face 'alarming' abortion service gaps, study finds

By Charlotte King
October 02, 2017

A study into rural doctors' attitudes towards abortion in Victoria has revealed alarming gaps in services for women with unplanned pregnancies.

Researchers from Melbourne University found almost 40 per cent of general practitioner doctors (GPs) in Victoria's west objected to facilitating abortion — more than double the national rate.

Continued at source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/access-gaps-to-abortion-services-in-victoria/9007024

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Australia: Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups

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Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups
Cathy O’Leary, Medical Editor
Monday, 18 September 2017

The WA Government is reviewing its advice on abortions amid claims some counselling services claiming to be objective are actually trying to talk women out of terminations.

WA Labor is also considering banning protests near clinics to prevent pro-life groups harassing or pressuring women considering an abortion.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the Women and Newborn Health Service was using an expert clinical advisory group to ensure it was providing evidence-based, accurate information about terminations.

Continued at source: https://thewest.com.au/news/health/women-considering-abortion-are-being-dissuaded-by-supposedly-objective-counselling-groups-ng-b88598792z

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Queensland Prisoner Pregnant With Twins Is Denied An Abortion

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Queensland Prisoner Pregnant With Twins Is Denied An Abortion
This is why those archaic abortion laws really do matter - by Alley Pascoe

Sep 6, 2017

A Queensland woman diagnosed with schizophrenia has been denied an abortion for an unwanted twin pregnancy because a tribunal ruled she did “not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her diagnosed mental illness.”

The 33-year-old woman, known as QDB, is living at a mental health facility and undergoing treatment for schizophrenia after being jailed for breaching bail conditions involving drug use, reports the ABC.

Continued at source: Marie Claire: https://www.marieclaire.com.au/article/news/queensland-prisoner-pregnant-with-twins-is-denied-an-abortion

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Australia: A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

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A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

"She has had obstetricians and gynaecologists testify to a tribunal that this pregnancy could result in her death, but the tribunal is still not satisfied that the pregnancy is a risk to her health."

Posted on September 04, 2017
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

A Queensland woman who applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy has been denied an abortion because a tribunal ruled she did "not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her diagnosed mental illness".

The pregnant 33-year-old was jailed at the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in June for breaching bail conditions involving drug use. She has since been living at a mental health facility where she is receiving treatment for schizophrenia.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/a-pregnant-schizophrenic-prisoner-has-been-denied-an

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Australia: Prisoner with schizophrenia has bid for termination of twins rejecte

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Prisoner with schizophrenia has bid for termination of twins rejected

By Isobel Roe
September 03, 2017

A reproductive rights group has raised concerns about Queensland's health system after a mentally ill prisoner with a drug problem was barred from having an abortion.

The 33-year-old woman, referred to by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) as "QDB", applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy at 20 weeks because she did not want anymore children.

Continued at source: ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/prisoner-abortion-denied-mental-health-grounds/8866696

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How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

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How much do abortions cost across Australia? – explainer

In some areas women can pay as much as $800 for a first trimester termination. Guardian Australia looks at how prohibitive expenses interact with legal restrictions to limit access

Anna Livsey
@annalivsey_
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Campaigns for easier access to abortion in Australia have largely focused on changes to the law but in a speech last week the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, highlighted another crucial factor: cost.

“For many women abortions are unaffordable and unattainable,” she said. “The legal right to access a termination isn’t much use to a homeless teenager when the upfront cost of an abortion is more than $500.”

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/aug/22/how-much-do-abortions-cost-across-australia-explainer

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Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru

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Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru
Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committee

Ben Doherty
Sunday 20 August 2017

Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.

Three pregnant refugee women on Nauru have asked to terminate their pregnancies, for cultural, familial and health reasons. Doctors’ requests for them to be transferred overseas for the procedure have been rejected. Terminations are illegal on Nauru, a devoutly Christian country.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/21/three-pregnant-refugees-and-nearly-50-others-denied-medical-transfers-from-nauru

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