Later-term abortions: Stigma versus reality

Sydney Morning Herald,  

“We consider ourselves to be potential targets for domestic terrorism.”

That’s the reason one abortion provider gave for not wishing to be named when asked for comment about the situation facing later-term abortion providers in Australia.

Despite the backlash from some sectors of the community, Dr Jane Baird says her job is very satisfying.Dr Jane Baird

New Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Like Mandatory Waiting Periods, Counseling Don’t Work as Intended

rewire news, May 2, 2017

In a new study, researchers discovered that abortion restrictions like mandatory waiting periods and forced counseling often don’t affect a patient’s certainty about having an abortion. In some cases, such sessions even increase their confidence in their decision to have an abortion.

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  • Access full text of journal paper here

Pregnancy outcome statistics (SA)

Pregnancy Outcome Unit, SA Health: November 2016

The Pregnancy Outcome Unit undertakes statewide monitoring of pregnancy characteristics and outcomes to identify population groups most at risk and determine preventive interventions. This is undertaken through data collections.

Each year, the Pregnancy Outcome Unit publishes two annual reports.

Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia provides annual analyses on pregnancies, obstetric care and the health of newborn babies. Additionally, this report also contains information on abortion rates, home births, numbers of babies born by caesarian section in private and public hospitals and the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy.

  • The latest report was released in November 2106, and covers the period 2014. Download 2014 report (PDF) here 
  • Previous reports back to 2001 can be found here 

 

Queensland abortion laws in spotlight

ABC Radio,  Monday, August 1, 2016 18:40:00

A group of Brisbane obstetricians and gynaecologists is calling for the right to opt out of performing abortions, if a bill decriminalising the practice gets through the Queensland Parliament.  The group has made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to take abortion out of Queensland’s criminal code.  The inquiry is currently underway in Brisbane.

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Late Termination of Pregnancy: RANZCOG statement

RANZCOG,  May 2016

The College recognises special circumstances where late termination of pregnancy may be regarded by the managing clinicians and the patient as the most suitable option in the particular circumstance.

This statement has been developed and reviewed by the RANZCOG Board.

Download statement (PDF) here: Late Termination of Pregnancy C-Gyn 17a_Board Approved May16

Boy, girl or …? Dilemmas when sexual development is atypical

The Conversation, March 11, 2016 6.19am AEDT

Some babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to atypical sexual development. It can result in the child being neither a typical boy nor girl.

Estimates of this occurring range from one in 1,500 or 2,000 births, to 4% of all births, depending on what definitions are used.

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