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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is it too late to have an abortion?

    My friendly recently discovered that she is pregnant, however she is already 10 weeks in. Can she still have an abortion? What are her options?
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  • Anonymous

    I'm not sure if it varies by state, but where I live an abortion can be given up to 24 weeks. 

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    Maria Nguyen

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    It varies by state. Check out your state. But as far as I know you can have an abortion to 12 weeks at least. Thus, your friend needs to go to a doctor as soon as possible. Abortion at early stages is a safe one. Don't let your friend to wait too long. 

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  • Dr Karen Osborne

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Sydney GP specialising in Reproductive & Sexual Health for both women and men. At Clinic 66, we deal with a wide range of reproductive and … View Profile

    10 weeks is too late for a medical termination of pregnancy (Mifepristone plus Misoprostol) but a surgical termination can be done at that gestation.

    The Children by Choice website covers the legalities of Termination of Pregnancy  in each state http://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/info-a-resources/facts-and-figures/australian-abortion-law-and-practice

    Other options would be carrying on with the pregnancy and raising the child herself or by a family member, carrying on with the pregnancy and the child being adopted / fostered.

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