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  •   When faced with an unplanned pregnancy it can be extremely difficult for some women to decide what is best for themselves and those around them. For other women the circumstances of their live...
  • Abortion law in Australia is a matter for the states and territories; however, some funding is allocated to abortion at a federal level through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and dru...
  • Q. Is abortion legal in Queensland? A. It is generally accepted that in Queensland abortion can be lawfully provided in order to protect a woman's life or her physical or mental health.   Abort...
  • It is estimated that half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned and that half of those are terminated [1]; also that between one quarter and one third of Australian women will experience an ab...
  •   Our vision: That all women can freely make their own reproductive and sexual health choices. Our mission: To be the leading voice for women's reproductive choices in Queensland. Children by...
  • If you're researching an assignment, please read the FAQ below before you get in touch with us. We are a small service and our priority is our clients who need our support and assistance. This means w...
  •   In Queensland, adoption is a legal process which is guided by the Adoption Act 2009 and Adoption Regulation 2009, where legal rights and responsibility for a child are permanently transferred...
  • Adoption is a term used to describe the process where legal rights and responsibilities for a child are permanently transferred from the child's birth parents to adoptive parents. In Queensland, this...
  • The legislation regarding adoption differs in all states and territories in Australia, and each jurisdiction also has their own adoption support and information services. For further information abou...
  •   This section contains information and resources aimed at assisting women who may be struggling emotionally after an abortion. Click here if you're looking for post-operative care instructions...
  • There are a range of tests and screenings that you might be offered at different stages through your pregnancy. These are sometimes called antenatal tests, and sometimes called prenatal tests or scree...
  • Reliable opinion polling consistently shows that around 80% of Australian adults support a woman’s right to choose. Public opinion The 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) found that 8...
  •   Note: if you’re looking for practical information on where abortion is available in Queensland, visit our Queensland abortion providers page. For clinics and abortion provider information...
  • Become a member and show your support and understanding of the Association’s purpose and goals and the value of our important work to the community. Memberships also provide us with untied funds that...
  • If you're the man involved in a pregnancy that the woman has decided to continue, the thought of becoming a dad may be very daunting and overwhelming. You may feel many different and competing feeling...
  •   Since August 2012, general practitioners (GPs) and obstetricians and gynaecologists (O&Gs) have been able to prescribe medical abortion drugs to patients through their practice, after the...
  • Many men accompany women to counselling at Children by Choice. When asked how they feel about the decision making process, they have said things like: A man may feel uncertain about decision mak...
  • This year we are inviting abstracts from researchers, academics, professionals and activists who might be interested in presenting at the conference. In order for abstracts to be considered, the abstr...
  • Children by Choice is committed to a complaints and feedback process which is: fair and open; effective and efficient; responsive and customer focused; and ensures privacy and confidentiality....
  •  we are closed on thursday 30 march due to severe weather in brisbane. we expect to reopen on friday 31 march. Our usual hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Face to face counselling is av...
  • If you have had unprotected sex, your condom broke, or you missed taking your contraceptive pill during the last 72 hours, you should access emergency contraception as soon as possible if you haven't...
  • Although the most commonly used methods of contraception in Australia are condoms and the pill, there are many other options now available. The two methods that are male controlled are condoms and vas...
  •   Some women we speak to will describe an unplanned pregnancy as a positive turning point in their relationship with the man involved. They see this as a way of re-evaluating and sometimes endin...
  •   Conversations like these can be difficult for both parties. It is important to be as honest and clear about your feelings as you can, but also to be respectful of her feelings and choices, and...
  • Information on this website is intended as a general guide only. While care has been taken to ensure that the information contained on this site is complete and correct, Children by Choice Association...
  • Children by Choice is funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, to deliver counselling and community education on pregnancy options to Queenslanders. Ho...
  • If you have had unprotected sex, your condom broke, you missed taking your contraceptive pill, or someone tampered with your contraception during the last 72 hours, you should access emergency contrac...
  • While most terminations take place because the pregnancy was unwanted, this is not always the case. Making a decision to end a wanted pregnancy can be extremely distressing and isolating, for the preg...
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  • film screening and discussion  presented in partnership with Catholics for Choice Saturday 5 November 2016 6pm to 8pm  Merthyr Road Uniting Church  52 Merthyr Road, New Farm Q 4005...
  • Abortion | Adoption | Contraception | Health and social policy | Unplanned pregnancy | Violence  Abortion Fact sheets Abortion in Queensland: FAQ Queensland abortion law  Australian a...
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  •   As part of our commitment to all Queensland women being able to make their own reproductive health choices, we have a financial assistance program for disadvantaged women seeking abortion or l...
  • Since 1972, Children by Choice has been providing pregnancy counselling, information, referral and support services for women in Queensland experiencing unplanned pregnancy. In the past ten years, an...
  •   Hearing the news “I’m pregnant” can be a shock, and might be the start of a stressful time for the woman and the man involved if the pregnancy is unplanned or if it's happened at a time when o...
  •   If you are currently supporting a woman who is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, or this is a regular part of your work, we can help you with information and resources on a variety of relat...
  •   Sometimes talking to people about sexual and reproductive health can be difficult. You might be concerned about being judged, or lectured to, or being treated disrespectfully. Children by Cho...
  •   If you're a young person looking for information on pregnancy, relationships, abortion, adoption, parenting, or relationships, head to our special youth website know4sure. We've developed this...
  • Depending on the gestation of your pregnancy, your location, and the type of abortion procedure you are looking for, you may have more than one option in terms of where and how.  Calculating you...
  • For many women, concern about income and financial stability can be a big factor in their decision about if and when to parent. Depending on your situation, some financial support may be available in...
  • If you are supporting a pregnant woman seeking an abortion in Queensland, you may be aware of some of the barriers she might face in trying to access a procedure. The ease or otherwise with which a wo...
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  • These prices are approximate figures for Queensland providers only and may change at any time. For exact prices contact the providers or Children by Choice. Interstate prices vary significantly, so pl...
  • 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...
  • Sexual health safety is important but so is the safety of your sexual health information. There is a lot of misinformation around - sometimes from people who accidentally get their facts wrong and som...
  • It is important to recognise that most people find medical procedures stressful and that abortions are no different. Expect that she might feel a little nervous about having an abortion. While some wo...
  • How a woman might feel after an abortion is related to many things, including the level of support she had from family or friends and whether she felt she had made the decision for herself or not. Wo...
  • I had a bad childhood and I don't want to continue that pattern of behaviour on my own children Many people do worry that their own negative experiences of childhood will impact on the kind of parent...
  • Children by Choice is a pro-choice women-centred organisation in Queensland. We provide information on all pregnancy options: abortion, adoption and parenting. If you are living outside Queensland and...
  • Leave your lasting legacy to Children by Choice through a bequest in your will and help us to continue our valuable work for women and their families. A draft clause that you may wish to use is: I g...
  • Pregnancy is not an illness, but it is a time of rapid change to your physical and mental health. You are important and you need to look after yourself during this time. There are several components...
  •   With any unplanned pregnancy there are three choices available to consider: Abortion: Be aware that this is a time-sensitive decision, and depending on how far along your pregnancy is, y...
  • History of RU486 and medical abortion in Australia Until early 2006, the Federal Health Minister had the right to veto any application to allow medication abortion drug RU486 to be used in Australia....
  • This information contains an outline of each stage involved in a medication termination of pregnancy at a GP or private clinic. It is intended as a general guide only; it should be noted that the proc...
  • Please note that this form is for membership renewals only. If you are joining the Association as a new member, please download a membership form and return it to us by post or fax. You can also use a...
  •   Finding out that your teenage daughter (or your son's girlfriend) is pregnant can be a shock. For some parents this news may also come at a time when you are only just realising that your chil...
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  • As a proactive approach to the prevention of unplanned pregnancy, we provide sexual and reproductive health information to young people. The Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Program is a serie...
  •   In the early 1970s Queensland women had very limited access to contraceptive and abortion services. Laws that made abortion a crime in Queensland were still in place, unchanged, since 1899 - p...
  •   As part of our work to empower individuals and communities, we offer comprehensive professional development training. This is available for health and community professionals and can be tailor...
  • Staff  We have a specialist paid staff of eight part time employees.  Manager: Amanda Bradley (DipAppArts, MICDA)  Counselling team:  Sian Tooker (BPsySc(Hons), GDAppLaw) Mich...
  • Counselling and support Our all options pregnancy counselling and information is available statewide over the phone (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday), or in person by donation at our office in Windsor, B...
  •   Parenting is the most common choice Australian women make when they find out they are pregnant unexpectedly. Some women may find this an easy decision - you may have always wanted children, or...
  • There are many decisions to be made when planning for a birth. These decisions, and the options available to you, depend on a number of factors, including where you live, your medical and childbirth h...
  • Immediately following a medication or surgical abortion, it is imperative that you follow all instructions given to you by the clinic. If you have any health or medical concerns following the procedu...
  •   People who are gender diverse, sexually diverse and/or live with intersex variation(s) can experience unintended pregnancies.  Regardless of how people identify themselves or their relati...
  • The lack of publicly-available information for women regarding pregnancy options in Queensland mean many of them turn to GPs or pregnancy counselling organisations for support and assistance when face...
  • This page is an overview of some health issues which can arise during pregnancy or can be exacerbated during this time. If you have an ongoing or serious medical condition you need to make sure your d...
  • Children by Choice are committed to maintaining your privacy and confidentiality, and have a ratified Privacy Policy available for download [pdf]. All staff, volunteers and management commi...
  • We were overwhelmed with the response to our call for abstracts. The conference organising committee is contacting all successful applicants this week and a full conference program will be available b...
  • Negotiating public access in Queensland In April 2013 Queensland Health released the Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline on Therapeutic Termination of Pregnancy [pdf], around the provision of a...
  • In Queensland, abortion is generally regarded as lawful if performed to prevent serious danger to the woman’s physical or mental health, despite abortion being contained in the Criminal Code. Women an...
  • A list of pregnancy termination (abortion) providers in Queensland is below. Please note that prices and services vary. We do our best to provide up to date information but it is important to contact...
  • While the majority of women will not need to talk to a counsellor in order to make a decision regarding unplanned pregnancy, some women find this support helpful. It is important to be aware that aro...
  • What is reproductive coercion?  The term reproductive coercion is used to define a range of male partner pregnancy-controlling behaviours. These behaviours can include birth control sabotage (wh...
  • Do I have to involve the birth father and what are his rights? For some women the decision about an unplanned pregnancy may be determined by the kind of relationship they want children to have with t...
  •   In August 2016 we began our new domestic violence project Screening To Safety, funded by the Samuel and Eileen Gluyas Charitable Trust managed by Perpetual. The project centres on the intersec...
  • OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JANE CARO  Jane Caro is a novelist, author, columnist, broadcaster, and award winning advertising writer. She appears regularly on Weekend Sunrise, Channel 9 Mornings, and t...
  • A range of sponsorship packages are available. Please contact us for more information on 07 3357 9933 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    Principal sponsor   Founded in 1976,...
  • If you've placed a child for adoption, or were yourself adopted, and need some support, there are specific counselling services who may be able to assist.  In Queensland, these include:  P...
  •   Children by Choice have relied on the support of many people since the organisation's formation in 1972. We value the commitment of our members, supporters, sponsors and volunteers - together...
  • These principles have been developed by the Children by Choice counselling team, who are all tertiary-qualified and specialists in the area of pregnancy counselling and support from a pro-choice, woma...
  • This information contains an outline of each stage involved in accessing a surgical termination of pregnancy at a private clinic. It is intended as a general guide only; it should be noted that the pr...
  •   Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be a time of great uncertainty and confusion. It can also be a lonely time - but you do not have to face it alone. Telling someone you're pregnant can b...
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  • If you are pregnant and considering adoption, there are a number of things that you might be thinking about, and this can be an overwhelming and uncertain time.  If you're considering adoption,...
  •   We're pleased to announce our next conference: Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia will take place in Brisbane on August 3 and 4, 2017. This conference is being supported by princip...
  • It is estimated that almost half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned [1]. No contraception method is 100% effective. While some methods may technically be 98-99% effective, the effectivenes...
  • Our 2017 conference will take place at the Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane, which is located between Brisbane’s Central Business District and Fortitude Valley at 15 Ivory Lane, Brisbane, QLD 4...
  • Pregnancy can be a time of increased risk of violence for women.  Unfortunately, experiencing violence during pregnancy is something that affects many Australian women. Violence might start in y...
  • The relationship between domestic violence and poor reproductive health outcomes is well established. As well as the other outcomes of domestic violence for women and children, it has a particular rep...
  • Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Children by Choice. As a small organisation we greatly value the contribution volunteers have made and continue to make in assisting us in wide variety of a...
  • We regularly talk to women who are having trouble accessing an abortion service. You might live too far away from an abortion provider, or not be able to afford the upfront cost of a procedure, or be...
  • Depending on the gestation of your pregnancy, you may have the option of choosing either a surgical abortion or a medication abortion.  A surgical abortion is a simple surgical procedure to remo...
  • Work With an unplanned pregnancy you and your employer were probably not expecting changes to your working arrangements and income.   Pick your own time to tell your employer, you are the best...
  • How will I manage school with a baby? For some women an unwelcome interruption to schooling may be a deciding factor in their unplanned pregnancy. Others will seek a way to juggle parenting with thes...
  • Position available: Part Time Locum Counsellor (22.5 hours per week)  We are recruiting for a part time counsellor to join our team in a locum position (until June 2017). You'll need a degree in...
  • Pregnancy scares can be intimidating. You might know you had unprotected sex or you might be worried that your contraception didn't work properly. Maybe your period is late, or maybe you just feel a l...
  • In Queensland, there is no legal requirement for parental consent or notification if a young person wishes to access contraception or abortion. There is, however, a legal responsibility for profession...
  • Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy places enormous strain on both of you, and it can make it difficult to act in an understanding, considerate, and supportive way. Be aware of this and try to acknowl...