Australia – Surgical terminations decline as more women opt for abortion pill

By Melissa Cunningham
August 30, 2021

Surgical terminations have dropped in Australia in recent years as an increasing number of women instead choose to take an abortion pill early in their pregnancy.

A new study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, for the first time examines abortion rates nationally since two oral medications – mifepristone and misoprostol – were added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in 2013.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/national/surgical-terminations-decline-as-more-women-opt-for-abortion-pill-20210829-p58muo.html


Australia – With closure of Marie Stopes clinics, regional women seeking an abortion will now find it even tougher

By Lily Nothling
Aug 29, 2021

When Zoe Eaton fell pregnant during high school, she knew she wanted an abortion, but getting one didn't come without hurdles.

"I didn't expect that I was going to be pregnant at 17. It was not something I wanted for myself," Ms Eaton said. "To me, my future looked pretty bleak if I had to go through with that pregnancy."

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-30/access-to-abortion-really-difficult-in-regional-qld/100414012


Surgical abortions and the sad reality facing too many Tasmanian women

AUGUST 23 2021
Editorial

Northern Tasmanian women are facing emotional and financial burdens when it comes to accessing surgical abortions - and in 2021 this simply isn't good enough.

It wasn't good enough this time last year when it was revealed that the cost shortfalls associated with the procedures were being absorbed by doctors, not the government.

Continued: https://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/7397127/surgical-abortions-and-the-sad-reality-facing-too-many-tasmanian-women/?cs=9397


WA looks ahead to modernised laws as ‘historic’ abortion legislation passes

15 August 2021
By Naomi Neilson

In what has been praised as a “landmark achievement” by human rights lawyers, the Western Australian government has brought its legislation in line with the rest of Australia by passing a bill to create protective zones around abortion services. However, the state still has a long way to go to decriminalise and modernise its laws.

Western Australia has become the last state or territory in Australia to pass the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 and has finally unified the country’s protective zones around abortion services. Within these zones, obstructive and harassing behaviour targeted at patients and staff is prohibited.

Continued: https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/biglaw/32196-wa-looks-ahead-to-modernised-laws-as-historic-abortion-legislation-passes


Abortion clinic protests banned in WA as safe access zones bill approved to protect women

By Rhiannon Shine
Aug 12, 2021

Protesting outside abortion clinics will no longer be allowed in any Australian jurisdiction, after laws to introduce safe access zones in Western Australia passed State Parliament.

The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 passed the Labor-dominated Legislative Council today.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-12/wa-abortion-clinic-protests-banned-under-safe-access-zones-bill/100366664


Australia – Abortion and reproductive health clinics struggling with stigma and rising costs

The Signal
By Ange Lavoipierre and Stephen Smiley
Mon 12 Jul 2021

There's an assumption that it's relatively easy to access an abortion in Australia, but the truth is that it really depends on where you live.

There is still a struggle to provide access in many parts of the country, according to Jamal Hakim, the managing director of an NGO that provides reproductive health services in both metropolitan and regional areas.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-13/abortion-in-regional-postcode-lottery/100288484


Australia – Catholic doctors urged to back George Christensen’s ‘nonsensical’ abortion bill

Catholic Medical Association asks members to support bill critics say will only inflict harm

Amy Remeikis
Mon 5 Jul 2021

Catholic doctors are being urged to support
George Christensen’s “nonsensical” abortion bill, leading to concerns medical
professionals could impose their religious beliefs on patients.

The Catholic Medical Association has sent out an email to members asking them
to put their name to a letter supporting Christensen’s Children Born Alive
Protection bill which seeks to enforce providing “life-sustaining treatment” to
all foetuses “born alive”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/06/catholic-doctors-urged-to-back-george-christensens-nonsensical-abortion-bill


Key abortion provider Marie Stopes closes regional clinics in Queensland, NSW

Abortion counsellors concerned shutdowns more heavily impact vulnerable women in Queensland communities

Ben Smee
Fri 18 Jun 2021

Family planning organisation Marie Stopes Australia says its regional abortion clinics are “no longer financially viable” and will close next month, prompting concerns some women in regional Queensland could have to travel more than 2000km to access services.

Marie Stopes operates the only private clinics offering surgical abortions north of the Sunshine Coast – in Rockhampton and Townsville. The non-profit organisation will also close clinics on the Gold Coast and in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/18/key-abortion-provider-marie-stopes-closes-regional-clinics-in-queensland-nsw


Australia – Meet Jo Bolger, the abortion doula who helps people through pregnancy terminations

ABC Sunshine Coast / By Edwina Storie
May 31, 2021

Jo Bolger is Australia's first abortion doula — a grandma, a mother of three, and one of those people who brims with warmth.

An abortion doula provides non-medical support, whether it be emotional, physical or informational, through a termination of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-01/meet-australia-s-first-abortion-doula/100153212


Australia – The Federal Budget must invest in abortion care

MAY 11, 2021

The Government has announced investments of $353.9 million over the next 4 years for women’s health as part of the 2021-22 Budget. It is not yet clear if, how and where this investment will fund equity and access in abortion care.

This investment is linked to the five priority areas of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 and the improvement of long term health outcomes for women and girls. Priority area 1 is maternal, sexual and reproductive health.

Continued: https://www.mariestopes.org.au/your-choices/federal-budget-abortion/