Australia: New laws needed to protect abortion clinic workers

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New laws needed to protect abortion clinic workers

Michelle Thompson
February 12 2018

Imagine going to work and being told by strangers you are going to hell. You have to push past people who tell you what you do is wrong, that you should be ashamed and that you’re doing the devil’s work. Your vehicle is regularly splashed by "holy water" that mysteriously blisters the paint on your car, and you have graphic images shoved in your face as you enter your workplace.

This is the reality for many Australian healthcare workers each day who provide abortion care to thousands of patients.

Continued: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/laws-to-protect-abortion-clinic-workers-20180212-p4z00u.html

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Provision Snafu In Tasmania

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Provision Snafu In Tasmania
The state's shadow health minister is worried there could be backyard abortions.

Posted on February 8, 2018
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

The closure of a single reproductive health clinic in Tasmania has sparked a national conversation about the barriers to accessing surgical abortion in Australia.

The procedure was decriminalised in Tasmania in 2013 but now its accessibility, particularly for poorer women, is being debated by state and federal politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, drawing in the federal health minister, as well as the prime minister.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-abortion?utm_term=.nkZaKe8P0#.inDLamoAj

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Ireland is holding a referendum on abortion – now let’s talk about Australia

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Ireland is holding a referendum on abortion - now let's talk about Australia
The Emerald Isle legalised same-sex marriage before us and looks like they could pip us to the post with reproductive rights too.

Jan 30, 2018
By Kate Wagner

We woke up to the progressive news Ireland will be holding a referendum on abortion. Their constitution as it stands now effectively bans terminations, deeming them illegal except in specific cases when there is a threat to the life of the mother.

Given the country's deeply religious roots, the fact criminalising abortion is enshrined in their constitution may not be shocking, but it is deeply troubling.

Continued: https://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/news/ireland-decriminalise-abortions-what-about-australia-25766

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Australia: Protect us from anti-abortion protesters, say women’s clinics in WA

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Protect us from anti-abortion protesters, say women's clinics in WA
Marie Stopes staff in Perth say they fear for their safety and for patients as protests intensify in lead up to Easter

Melissa Davey
Thu 25 Jan 2018

The Western Australian government needs to introduce exclusion zones around women’s health clinics as a matter of urgency, according to clinicians who say anti-abortion protesters are becoming more aggressive, spitting on and verbally abusing patients.

Staff at the Marie Stopes family planning clinic in the Perth suburb of Midland told Guardian Australia that they were being targeted from the moment they drove up to the clinic.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/26/protect-us-from-anti-abortion-protesters-say-womens-clinics-in-wa

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Australia: Women shouldn’t have to travel interstate for abortions, doctor says

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Women shouldn't have to travel interstate for abortions, doctor says
Tasmanian gynaecologist says other states should learn from problems arising when private surgical abortion clinics close

Melissa Davey
Fri 19 Jan 2018

Women who need surgical abortions between nine and 14 weeks of pregnancy will be left in the lurch throughout Australia unless state and territory governments learn from Tasmania and start preparing for the closure of private abortion providers, gynaecologist Dr Paul Hyland says.

Hyland has been Tasmania’s primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but was recently forced to close his Hobart clinic, the only provider of surgical abortions to women in the state. While public hospitals also carry out surgical abortions, these are not routine, and are usually reserved for women in later stages of pregnancy who are experiencing life-threatening and emergency complications.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/20/women-shouldnt-have-to-travel-interstate-for-abortions-doctor-says

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Tasmania’s only abortion clinic closes, putting pressure on government to find alternative

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Tasmania's only abortion clinic closes, putting pressure on government to find alternative

By Georgie Burgess and Tamara Glumac
Posted Fri Jan 12, 2018m

The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to find a new surgical abortion service, after the closure of the state's only clinic.

Dr Paul Hyland had been the state's primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but said rising costs and a drop in demand had meant he had closed the service.

He said the number of surgical abortions, a procedure done after nine weeks, had declined.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-13/tasmanias-only-abortion-clinic-closes/9325194

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Queensland Wants To Hear Your Thoughts On Whether Abortion Should Remain A Crime There

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Queensland Wants To Hear Your Thoughts On Whether Abortion Should Remain A Crime There

Submissions close on 13 February.
Posted on December 28, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

The Queensland Law Reform Commission has called for the public to make submissions to its review into modernising the state's laws relating to abortion.

The terms of reference specifically require the commission to recommend how Queensland should amend its laws relating to the termination of pregnancy to:

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/queensland-wants-to-hear-your-thoughts-on-whether-abortion

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Queensland orders review of abortion laws

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Queensland orders review of abortion laws
The Australian
December 26, 2017

MICHAEL MCKENNA

Decriminalising abortion in Queensland is a step closer with the launch of a Palaszczuk government-ordered review that will draft “modernising’’ legislation to go before parliament next year.

Queensland’s Law Reform Commission began advertising at the weekend for public submissions into the overhaul of anti-abortion laws that have ¬remained largely unchanged in the state’s criminal code since 1899.

Continued at source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/queensland-orders-review-of-abortion-laws/news-story/49d97f14ca5f73cb9de45f8165e55113

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Australia: Abortion clinic switch across border from Albury to Wodonga isn’t viable, doctor says

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Abortion clinic switch across border from Albury to Wodonga isn’t viable, doctor says

December 22 2017
Anthony Bunn

THE doctor operating Albury’s abortion clinic says it would be unviable to transfer the practice to Wodonga to take advantage of Victoria’s safe access zone law.

The Englehardt Street clinic is subject to regular vigils by anti-abortionists and a bid this week by Albury’s deputy mayor Amanda Cohn to introduce a by-law stopping protests within 150 metres of the building was rejected 6-3 by her council.

Continued at source: http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5137770/abortion-clinic-switch-across-border-isnt-viable-doctor-says/

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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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