Difficulties in access to termination of pregnancy services
Please note that this material no longer reflects the current law in Victoria. However the content may be relevant to law reform advocacy in other jurisdictions.
Equity in access to termination of pregnancy services is a pressing issue. Financial status, geographical location, and the legal context all bear upon how readily services are able to be accessed in Victoria. Removal of abortion from the Crimes Act is an important step toward eradicating these access issues. Decriminalisation would: (1) provide doctors with the confidence and security to deliver appropriate and value-free services; (2) provide the community with a reliable and visible avenue for seeking information about reproductive health; (3) act as a deterrent for anti-choice activists who regularly intimidate and harass termination of pregnancy doctors and their clients; and, most importantly, (4) safeguard a woman’s right to control over her own reproductive capacity.
Difficulties in access to termination of pregnancy services / Rice, K. - Melbourne: Women's Health Victoria, May 2008