Contraception and unplanned pregnancy

The truth about abortion

Eleonore Bridier Abortion, Blog, Contraception

One in three Australian women will have an unplanned pregnancy in their lifetime.1 Many of these women will make the decision to terminate the pregnancy. No one wants to have an abortion. It’s not exactly a bucket list item that little girls grow up aspiring to tick off. The people who choose to terminate a pregnancy are doing so for …

Marie Stopes searches for abortions fund philanthropists

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Kate Aubusson, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2017 Marie Stopes Australia is searching for “brave philanthropists” to bankroll a $3 million fund for women struggling to afford abortion and contraception. The not-for-profit plans to use its new tax-deductible gift recipient status to set up two separate funds to pay for pregnancy terminations and contraceptive services for women in financial hardship …

Mental Health Day 2017- you’re not alone

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Blog, Counselling

Suzanne Hurley, a member of our counselling team, wants women to know this Mental Health Day that it is absolutely normal to feel a ‘‘minefield of emotions’’ when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. For some women it is a straightforward decision to either continue with the pregnancy or terminate, but for other women, it can be an incredibly complex and stressful …

Abortion – you’re not alone

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Uncategorised

Two years ago, I went through the difficult journey of an unplanned pregnancy and abortion. While I gained positive things from the experience, including a renewed focus about what I want to do with my career and life, it was both the most difficult and most empowering decision I have ever made. For over five weeks I didn’t know what …

Rural women deserve better access to abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Contraception

Fear, anguish, guilt. It’s only a phone call but you can hear all of these emotions in Sarah’s* voice. Sarah has two young children. Her husband is a fly in, fly out worker on a remote mine site and they have just found out Sarah is pregnant. Sarah is raising two children under four. She has no family around her …

Dispelling depression and abortion myths

Sigrid Firth Abortion

The focus of today’s World Health Day is depression; a major health issue across the globe and one that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. While it is widely accepted that there is a strong link between reproductive health and women’s mental health, the nature of this link is something that is often masked or distorted, particularly when it …

IWD2017: be bold to tackle the stigma of abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access

More than a century ago, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better pay, working conditions and equality. Fast forward to 2017, and the roots of disruption that started the International Women’s Day movement are very much alive and kicking. Not just in New York, but right across the globe. Donald Trump’s presidency has been a lightning rod for …

Medical abortion: what to expect

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

If you are up to 9 weeks pregnant, medical abortion is a safe, non-invasive method of terminating your pregnancy. Overall, this method is a low risk option, with up to 98% of medical abortions ending in a successful termination. Medical abortion is available at Marie Stopes clinics following a face-to-face consultation or, if you cannot access a clinic, you may …

Surgical abortion: what to expect

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

Surgical abortion is a safe and straightforward day-surgery procedure performed by a fully trained doctor, who is an expert in termination of pregnancy and family planning. How long will I have to stay at the clinic? A few factors influence how long you will have to stay at the clinic. If you are in your first trimester, the procedure can …

Abortion Laws in Australia

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

The variation in abortion laws in Australia, between the states and territories, means that access to abortion and second term or second trimester abortion in particular can be very difficult to access, and depends very much on where you live. More often than not, women who find themselves in the position of requiring a later term abortion have to travel …

Country woman head resting on her hand

Tele-abortion improves access

Eleonore Bridier Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access

Providing access to safe, early pregnancy termination services for women living in regional and rural areas of Australia has historically been a difficult task, with many women having to travel long distances at great expense to visit a clinic. Now tele-abortion, or medical abortion via teleconsultation, is available to women living in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern …

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Understanding your options: surgical abortion vs medical abortion

Eleonore Bridier Abortion

Facing an unwanted pregnancy and making the decision to have an abortion can be challenging, and choosing which type of abortion procedure is best for your circumstances can add to the confusion. In this article we discuss the differences between surgical abortion and medical abortion, in order to help you better understand the choices available to you. Surgical abortion is …