Victorian doctors call for better abortion access, with US set to overturn Roe v Wade

ABC Goulburn Murray / By Anna Chisholm
May 31, 2022

"My heart sank," Amanda Kelly said.

The chief executive of Women's Health Goulburn North East was aimlessly scrolling on her phone when she read the news.

Roe versus Wade, the landmark ruling which in 1973 granted Americans the constitutional right to an abortion, was set to be overturned by the US Supreme court, a leaked document had revealed.


Australia – Roe vs Wade: The extraterritorial dimension of abortion politics

Anti-choice views have shaped US – and Australian – bids to block support for family planning in developing countries.


Published 31 May 2022

The leaked draft majority opinion of the US Supreme Court in Dobbs vs Jackson
Women’s Health Organisation has signalled the likely overturning of Roe vs Wade
and intensified the politicisation of abortion in the United States in the
lead-up to November’s mid-term elections.

Much has been written about the politicisation of abortion in the United States
and its consequences for access to reproductive healthcare. The entrenchment of
the anti-choice standpoint in the Republican party has undermined access to
healthcare in the United States. Such attitudes have also shaped US foreign
policy, with impacts on abortion access in developing countries.


Accessing an abortion in regional Australia can feel like a race against time

ABC Everyday / By Rachel Rasker
May 29, 2022

Depending on where you live, it can take weeks to get a doctor's appointment. For women in regional areas, this can make accessing an abortion feel like a race against time. We spoke to two women, in Shepparton and Derby, about their experiences. These are their words.

Brittany's abortion experience in Shepparton, Victoria
I found out I was pregnant when my period was two days late. My partner and I were using condoms, so I was genuinely shocked.


On remote US territories, abortion hurdles mount without Roe

By Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press
Fri., May 27, 2022

HONOLULU (AP) — Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy if the Supreme Court overturns a precedent that established a national right to abortion in the United States.

Hawaii is the closest U.S. state where abortion is legal under local law. Even so, Honolulu is 3,800 miles (6,100 kilometers) away — about 50% farther than Boston is from Los Angeles.


The end of Roe v. Wade would likely embolden global anti-abortion activists and politicians

Published: May 4, 2022
Prudence Flowers

A leaked United States Supreme Court draft opinion reveals it is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion as a constitutional right.

The end of Roe v. Wade would dramatically impact reproductive rights in the US. It would also likely have symbolic consequences globally, shaping the strategies and tactics of the trans-national anti-abortion movement.


Guam abortion services being performed via telemedicine

John O'Connor | The Guam Daily
May 2, 2022

There have been 11 abortions performed in Guam from January through March of this year, all induced via medicine, according to data obtained by The Guam Daily Post. The listed facility is the Queen's University Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic in Hawaii.

The data doesn't explicitly state that the abortions were administered via telemedicine but the only women's health providers with the Queen's University Medical Group who hold valid licenses to practice in Guam, are Dr. Shandhini Raidoo and Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro.


New Zealand – Student Reports “Outrageous” Abortion Experience

Hospital apologises for how she “felt” she was treated

Saturday 23rd April 2022
by Keegan Wells and Fox Meyer

A student trying to get an abortion has criticised Dunedin Hospital for a “disgusting” and “disrespectful” experience. She is currently undergoing her third procedure for the same pregnancy, which she believed could’ve been avoided if information was presented differently.

A few weeks ago, Grace* woke up feeling pretty ill. She got tested for Covid, but that came back negative, so she decided to take a pregnancy test. It was positive. A few hours later, her doctor back home called her to inform her that her Covid test was actually positive, too: a nightmare test result scenario.


Repeat abortion: narrowing the contraception gap

Insight Plus, Issue 13 / 11 April 2022
Cate Swannell

AROUND 2000 repeat medical abortions per year could be averted if women were routinely prescribed long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) immediately following early medical abortion.

That’s the message from Australian researchers, published in the MJA, who found that just one in four women were provided with hormonal contraception within 60 days of their early medical abortion.


New Zealand – New law to see protest-free ‘safe zones’ allowed outside abortion clinics

By Irra Lee, 1News Digital Producer
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

“Safe zones” can now be established around specific abortion facilities, restricting protest behaviour in those areas, after a proposed law passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday evening.

The bill passed with 108 votes in favour and 12 against. For Labour, 62 voted in favour and three (Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Neru Leavasa, Jamie Strange) against.


Caroline De Costa has fought for women’s health for 50 years.

Here's what's changed – and what still needs to

ABC Radio National
By Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Erica Vowles for Life Matters
Wed 12 Jan 2022

In her 50 years of delivering babies, Caroline De Costa has not only witnessed change, she's propelled it.

She's Australia's first female professor of obstetrics and gynaecology. She studied her medical degree while pregnant and as a single mother. And she was instrumental in the fight for women's reproductive rights in Australia and in Ireland, even smuggling IUDs and condoms into Dublin.