Australia – Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania

Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania
Minister’s announcement comes after Cricket Australia accused of sacking staffer who criticised government’s lack of abortion services

Australian Associated Press
Sun 5 Aug 2018

Tasmanian women will be able to access surgical abortions, with a private provider to begin offering the procedure later in the year.

It follows outrage over the sacking of Cricket Australia staffer Angela Williamson after she criticised the Liberal state government for a void of abortion services.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/05/private-surgical-abortion-provider-to-open-in-tasmania

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Tasmanian Labor is putting new Speaker to test on abortions

Tasmanian Labor is putting new Speaker to test on abortions

June 12, 2018
Sue Bailey

The Tasmanian government could lose its first vote in parliament if speaker Sue Hickey sides with Labor on providing abortions in public hospitals.

Labor leader Rebecca White will on Wednesday move a motion directing Health Minister Michael Ferguson to provide pregnancy terminations in the public hospital system by July 1.

A spokesman for Ms Hickey said she would wait until hearing debate before deciding whether to support Labor’s motion.

Continued: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5463706/labor-tests-speaker-on-abortion/

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

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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Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold

Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold
Marie Stopes chief executive says the state needs abortion care funding reform

Calla Wahlquist
Fri 27 Apr 2018

The number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions has increased fivefold since the state’s only dedicated abortion clinic shut in January, Marie Stopes Australia has said.

The chief executive of Marie Stopes, Michelle Thompson, said the number of women from Tasmania who were visiting the Melbourne clinic had increased from about two a month to 10 or 12 a month since the closure of the Hobart clinic, which offered surgical terminations of pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/27/number-of-tasmanians-travelling-interstate-for-abortions-rises-fivefold

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

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

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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