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    What is the difference between a medical abortion and a surgical abortion?

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  • Children by Choice is a Brisbane based not-for-profit organisation providing pro-choice, all-options counselling, information and referrals Queensland-wide, for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. We provide face-to … View Profile

    Abortion is the removal of the pregnancy tissue from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy, two options are available medical abortion or surgical abortion. Both options are safe if provided by a trained health professional. Choosing between the two options is based on preference and gestation.

    Medical abortion: Up to 9 weeks and involves taking 2 types of tablets to cause an induced miscarriage.

    Surgical abortion: Over 5/6 weeks using a vacuum aspiration machine to remove the pregnancy tissue. The procedure usually takes around 10 minutes and is normally carried out under a  twilight anaesthetic (heavy sleep)

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