Some women feel grief after an abortion, but there’s no evidence of serious mental health issues

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Some women feel grief after an abortion, but there’s no evidence of serious mental health issues

Kirsten Black
April 25, 2018

This week, the website Mamamia published, and then quickly removed, an article about the existence of “post-abortion syndrome” – a disorder apparently experienced by many women who have had an abortion. The article claimed this disorder has been concealed from the public and that the trauma of an induced abortion can be comparable to the experience of child sexual abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by war veterans.

Neither the term “post-abortion syndrome”, nor the claims about its characteristics, are supported by any national or international psychological societies. Of course, many women experience emotional responses to an abortion, which are normal reactions to a significant event. The range of normal psychological and emotional responses can include feelings of grief, regret, sadness and relief. These reactions are generally transient.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/some-women-feel-grief-after-an-abortion-but-theres-no-evidence-of-serious-mental-health-issues-95519

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Australia – Here’s Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion

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Here's Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion
The article does not quote a single medical professional or psychologist.

April 22, 2018
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Australian opinion and lifestyle website Mamamia this morning deleted an article about post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a condition that is oft-cited by anti-choice groups and church-backed "crisis pregnancy centres", but one which is widely discredited by scientific research and medical professionals.

"Mamamia has always been well known for its pro-choice stance and we have an 11-year history of content and advocacy in this area," managing editor Leigh Campbell told BuzzFeed News on Monday morning. "We have made the decision to remove this story while we further investigate its provenance."

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/mamamia-just-deleted-this-article?utm_term=.xwzY5jRyV#.bnlYXZgbG

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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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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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New Zealand: This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

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This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

One candidate believes abortion is "state-sanctioned coercion".
Posted on November 09, 2017, 21:23 GMT
Gina Rushton

Whether or not abortion remains a crime in Queensland will likely be decided by who is elected to government on November 25.

In February independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne withdrew bills to decriminalise abortion in Queensland a day before they were due to be debated in parliament, after Liberal National Party opposition leader Tim Nicholls vowed that “every single member” of his party would vote down the legislation.

The legislation would have failed, as Labor MPs had been given a conscience vote on the issue, and other independents had indicated their opposition to abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/abortion-is-becoming-an-election-issue-in-queensland

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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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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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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

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Experts and community groups urge Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform
May 26, 2017

The Queensland Government should demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission a coalition of legal, medical and community groups said today.

Sunday 28 May marks the International Day of Action on Women’s Health. The day also signals three months since the government committed to this referral which would be a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland.

Kate Marsh from Children by Choice said, “On this International Day of Action, we’re calling on the Attorney General Yvette D’Arth to act on abortion law reform and make this referral a priority.”

Continued at source: Human Rights Law Center: https://www.hrlc.org.au/news/2017/5/25/groups-urge-queensland-attorneygeneral-to-act-on-abortion-law-reform

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Australia: This Chart Shows How Much Abortion Costs In Each State

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This Chart Shows How Much Abortion Costs In Each State

Why are you being charged more than $700 to take $40 pills?
Posted on April 27, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

And women in Victoria and South Australia can access free surgical abortions provided by a hospital, while women elsewhere can pay up to thousands of dollars for the same procedure.

Get your calculators out because it is time to do the maths and figure out why.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-is-how-much-abortion-costs-in-australia?

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Australia: We Spent The Day With Pro-Choice Pregnancy Counsellors In A State Where Abortion Is Still A Crime

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We Spent The Day With Pro-Choice Pregnancy Counsellors In A State Where Abortion Is Still A Crime

“These are women who are fleeing domestic violence, these are women who are suicidal.”
posted on Mar. 17, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.

Gina Rushton/BuzzFeed News

“She was with the guy for a month, but noticed the red flags for domestic violence… he was throwing things and getting controlling so she ended the relationship, which is really good.”

It is 9am and the phones are ringing at Queensland’s only standalone pro-choice counselling service for pregnant women, Children by Choice.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/we-spent-the-day-with-pro-choice-pregnancy-counsellors?utm_term=.lo0gXwaynb#.nuLX8zrV5G

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