Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Abortion And Were Too Afraid To Ask. Especially in Tasmania.
By Bonnie Mary Liston
on April 10, 2019
Abortion never really used to be a ‘thing’. Then the Catholic Church came along. Bonnie Mary Liston explores the history, particularly in Tasmania, where it’s legal, but not practiced.
You may have seen protests about abortion in the news lately – both for and against. Tasmania has no currently active surgical abortion clinics and some people believe there should be even less. It can be a bit confusing. What does that mean? Is abortion legal or not? Why is everybody so upset all the time?
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.
Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold
Marie Stopes chief executive says the state needs abortion care funding reform
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.
FactCheck: do women in Tasmania have access to safe abortions?
February 28, 2018
"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.
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
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.
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
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.