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 lives and the pregnancy make the decision more straight forward. Abortion, or pregnancy termination, is one of the choices that women may make.
If you're thinking about an abortion, you're not alone.
It's estimated that around half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned, and that up to one in three Australian women will choose abortion in their lifetime.
While no data collection on abortion occurs in Queensland, it is estimated that between 10,000 and 14,000 abortions take place each year in this state. Abortion is one of the safest and most common types of medical procedures in Australia.
As these numbers show there are many women who decide that a termination is the best option in their circumstances. These women include religious women, mothers, grandmothers, young women, older women, single women, women with children, married women, unemployed women, employed women, and women who were against abortion before they knew they were pregnant. None of these women make this decision lightly; they make this decision as the expert in their own life, considering their situation carefully and understanding what will be the best decision for them at this point in their life.
If you decide that abortion could be an option for you, it may be helpful to have as much information as possible to assist you in making this decision. For information on the clinic procedure, costs, clinic locations, what happens on the day, and how you might feel afterwards, you can use the menu on the left. Or contact one of the counsellors at Children by Choice to ask questions or discuss how you are feeling.