September 28 is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal
Abortion, and Women’s Health Victoria is pleased to support this cause.
“We recognise that unsafe abortion remains a major cause of maternal
mortality and morbidity in the developing world”, said Rose Durey, Policy
and Health Promotion Manager at Women’s Health Victoria.
“We believe that women around the world should be free to make
decisions regarding their reproductive health.
“We should also use today to reflect on the difficulties experienced by
women who have unintended pregnancies in our own state.
“Although abortion in Victoria is now a legal health service, it remains
difficult to access for many women. Women in rural areas have to travel
long distances to access abortions, women experiencing socioeconomic
disadvantage would struggle to meet the cost, and abortion is only
available in public hospitals under very specific circumstances,” Ms
“Women should be free to exercise reproductive choice wherever they
live, whether that is in Victoria or a developing nation”, Ms Durey said.
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