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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    When is it safe to have an abortion?

    How many weeks after conceiving is it still safe to have an 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

    In Australia, where abortions are performed by highly qualified health care professionals in very hygenic conditions, a pregnancy termination is one of the safest medical procedures and complications are rare.(Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems World Health Organisation, Geneva 2003 p12)

    Medication abortion is available up to nine weeks gestation. After this point, surgical abortion is the only option with availability depending on state legislation and clinic gestational limits.  The legislation regarding abortion is different in each state and territory. However must clinics provide surgical abortion to 14 weeks gestation with one clinic providing surgical abortion to 24 weeks gestation.

    Please note that the gestation of a pregnancy is calculated from the first day of the last normal period and not conception

    If you decide that abortion could be an option for you, it may be helpful to have as much information as possible to assist you in making this decision. For information on the clinic procedure, costs, clinic locations, what happens on the day, and how you might feel afterwards, visit www.childrenbychoice.org.au

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