Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

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Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

By Felicity Ogilvie
Tue June 12, 2018

An ABC investigation has encountered a culture of secrecy and fear surrounding the provision of surgical abortions in Tasmania.

While debate around providing surgical abortions in public hospitals unfolds in State Parliament, the medical community is doing what it can to make those services available now.

The closure of Tasmania's only abortion clinic in Hobart at the end of last year left women with limited options for getting surgical abortions.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/abortion-figures-revealed-at-royal-hobart-hospital/9862034

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Is abortion legal in Australia? It’s complicated

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Is abortion legal in Australia? It's complicated

By health reporter Olivia Willis
May 25, 2018

Ireland has just voted on whether to lift the country's controversial ban on abortion.

But in Australia, whether or not abortion is legal depends on where you live — as does the cost and availability of the procedure.

And that's because abortion laws are made by state and territory governments, not the Federal Government.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-05-26/is-abortion-legal-in-australia/9795188

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Abortion rally at Tasmanian parliament ups pressure on Hodgman Liberal Government

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Abortion rally at Tasmanian parliament ups pressure on Hodgman Liberal Government

By Rhiannon Shine
April 28, 2018

Pressure is mounting on the State Government to improve access to surgical abortions in Tasmania, with about 200 people rallying in Hobart on Saturday to call for change.

Among the women who tearfully shared personal experiences with pregnancy termination at the Not Ovary-Acting rally on Parliament lawns was Hobart alderman Helen Burnet.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/abortion-rally-at-parliament-ups-pressure-on-state-government/9707190

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FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?

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FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?

February 28, 2018
Angela Dawson

"People are absolutely appalled that in one of our states women are not getting access to safe terminations, and what I know is that in any decent society we ensure that all women have access to those choices and right now people in Tasmania are being deprived of that." – Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale, speaking at the Tasmanian Greens election launch in Hobart, February 21, 2018

Access to elective abortions has become a key point of policy difference between the Tasmanian Liberal and Labor parties in the state election to be held this Saturday.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/factcheck-do-women-in-tasmania-have-access-to-safe-abortions-92173

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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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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: 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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