Friday, September 28, 2012

Call for action on Abortion in Victoria and globally

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

Durey said.

“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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