Australia’s abortion healthcare is superior but improvement has stalled due to stigmas on training programmes:
It shows that the most common [abortion] complications occur far less frequently in Australia than in other western countries.
Only 0.2 of every 1,000 abortions failed at the Australian clinic – 10 times lower than the US and UK rates.
Repeat surgery to remove extra tissue was carried out in 1.1 of every 1,000 cases, also significantly less than other countries.
The other most common complication, damage to the uterus during surgery, occurred in 0.5 of every 1,000 cases, again an improvement on most other nations.
But the government funded Pregnancy Counselling Programme begins next week, which excludes abortion-referring counsel services from funding:
A new government-funded pregnancy counseling program designed to help pregnant women find abortion alternatives will begin next week. Women on Medicare will be able to get counseling from the program three times during their pregnancy.
The program is part of a $50 million package the Australian government announced to try to cut the abortion rates following the parliament’s approval of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486. Parliament gave authority over the drug to a governmental agency and removed it from pro-life Health Minister Tony Abbott.
Nicaragua joins El Salvador and Chile as the only countries in the western hemisphere to ban abortion without exception.
And in the ongoing reproductive rights wars in the States:
In The Oregonian, referring to a controversial bill before the legislature requiring minors to notify parents of their pregnancy before seeking abortion:
Parental-notification laws are worth rejecting on purely libertarian grounds. Private and wrenching medical decisions don’t get magically easier by turning them into matters of public morality.
Some data from Florida after a similiar law was passed – some of the respectable conservatives agitating for such laws might be shocked to know which girls are seeking the abortions and waivers to the parenta-notification requirement.
The success rates are similar statewide: Only 27 girls out of the 450 were denied in the first year.
Few girls in Palm Beach County are telling judges they fear their parents will abuse them. More often, they say they fear their parents’ reaction or can’t face them after making such an embarrassing mistake. Teens seeking the waiver tend to be smart, attractive and ambitious, judges say – not the kind of girls who are used to letting anyone down.
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