Ps Ryan preaches on this weeks Hot Topic, number 3 in the series of 4. He brings hope, love and light to a dark topic
Australian Abortion Statistics
Statistics taken from http://notbornyet.com/real-information/
I recommend visiting this site for more information.
· There are an estimated 80,000 abortions each year in Australia.1 Ninety-one per cent of abortions are performed in the first 14 weeks.2
· The reason we use the term “estimated 80,000 children are aborted” is because no precise figures are kept on abortion in Australia. The three most populous States, NSW, Victoria and Queensland do not keep any statistics on abortion, and only one State, South Australia, publishes figures on abortion. National figures are estimated from South Australian, Western Australian and Northern Territory figures and from Medicare rebates paid to private patients.
· About a third of all Australian women will have an abortion. This represents about one-in-four pregnancies.3
· Various studies show about 96% of all abortions are performed for psychosocial reasons, including half of late-term abortions (after 20 weeks gestation).4
· Less than 3% of abortions are performed because the child has a disability.
· Less than 1% of abortions are performed on women who are the victims of rape. One extensive study of women who conceived as a result of sexual assault showed nearly all the women regretted their decision to abort. Those who continued their pregnancies were glad they did.5
· Late-term abortions are generally available in all States and Territories.
· 60% of women were using at least one form of contraception at the time of their pregnancy.6
· Women of any age, including teenage girls, do not require parental permission to have an abortion.7
· The majority of women and girls who have abortions do so because of a lack of support from partners, parents and friends. 70% of women say they felt they had no alternative to abortion.8
· Abortion not only ends the life of a child (the foetal heartbeat is detected at 22 days from conception), but often leaves a woman and others deeply wounded, affecting existing and future relationships.9
· One comprehensive study of 400 international studies into the psychological risks associated with abortion concluded that up to 20% of women who had an abortion suffered from serious, prolonged, negative consequences.10
· About 60% (polls range from 60-70%) of Australians are generally in favour of abortion, however this figure decreases as reasons for abortion are qualified. Most Australians believe there are too many abortions, and that women should receive independent counselling.11
· 32% of women who have abortions are married or in a de-facto relationship.
What are the ages of women having abortions?
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
South Australian abortion figures only.12
1. Angela Pratt, Amanda Briggs and Luke Buckmaster, 2005 Australian Parliamentary Library Research Brief, How Many Abortions are There each Year in Australia? http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rb/2004-05/05rb09.htm
2. Marie Stopes International Australia, Women and Abortion
3. Stephanie Croft, Abortion in Australia in the 21st Century, Facts, Current Trends and the Way Ahead 2006, NSW Right to Life, p 7.
4. Ibid, p 15.
5. Selena Ewing, Women and Abortion: An Evidence-Based Review, 2005; a meta analysis of Australian and international research on why women have abortions, compiled for a Women’s Forum Australia parliamentary submission. See also www.afterabortion.org, citing David Reardon’s book, Victims and Victors, 2000, www.theunchoice.com/victimsandvictors
6. Marie Stopes International Australia, Women, Contraception and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008, p 8.
7. John Fleming and Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, Common Ground, Seeking an Australian Consensus on Abortion and Sex Education, St Pauls Publications, 2007, pp 110-111.
8. Based on David Reardon’s research in Aborted Women, Silent No More (Elliot Institute, 2002) and Passage Through Abortion: Personal and Social Reality of Women’s Experiences by Mary Zimmerman (Praeger Publishers, 1978). A story by Tony Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald (Hidden Abortion Pressure Revealed,September 2, 2009) quoted a senior counsellor from Pregnancy Counselling Link in Brisbane as saying that 70 per cent of women were pressured into abortion by their partners. Surveys by Marie Stopes (What Women Want When Faced with Abortion, 2006) and Lifeway (Study of Women Who Have an Abortion, 2015) show the significant influence of others in the pregnancy decision. The Guttmacher Institute also has research revealing that many teenagers who have abortions are directly and indirectly influenced by the opinions of others. See also www.afterabortion.org
9. Philip G. Ney, Deeply Damaged, An Explanation for the Profound Problems Arising from Aborting Babies and Abusing Children, Pioneer Publishing Company, 1997.
10. Dr Priscilla Coleman, Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2011, http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/199/3/180 see also, The World Expert Consortium for Abortion Research and Education, WECARE, www.wecareexperts.org
11. John Fleming and Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, Common Ground, Seeking an Australian Consensus on Abortion and Sex Education, St Pauls Publications, 2007, citing polls over the past decade by Morgan, Newspoll and others.
12. South Australian Abortion Reporting Committee 2015 Annual Report, tabled in SA House of Assembly, May 18, 2017.
YouTube channel Live Action contains hundreds of educational video resources on abortion. Many of these include interviews and explanations with former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who has performed over 1200 abortions.
There is clearly a lot of useful videos on this channel, however it is recommended to start with the three short videos listed below. In these videos, Dr. Levatino explains the abortion process. These videos have been viewed millions of times and have changed many people’s minds on the topic (there are videos on the channel of that actually happening).
Simply go to YouTube and search exactly for what is written in the quotes below. The first video that appears on the list should be the correct one (check it has the name “Live Action” to be sure).
WARNING: Whilst Dr. Levatino uses animations to depict the process of abortion, these videos are still graphic and may be upsetting for some people.
· “1st Trimester Medical Abortion: Abortion Pills”
· “2nd Trimester Surgical Abortion: Dilation and Evacuation (D & E)”
· “3rd Trimester Induction Abortion: Injection and Stillbirth”
Abortion Law in Australia
Information obtained from:
Queensland & New South Wales: Abortion a crime for women and doctors. Legal when doctor believes a woman’s physical and/or mental health is in serious danger. In NSW social, economic and medical factors maybe taken into account.
Australian Capital Territory: Legal, must be provided by medical doctor. Exclusion zones may be set at the discretion of the ACT Health Minister.
Victoria: Legal to 24 weeks. Legal post-24 weeks with two doctors’ approval. Illegal to protest within 150m of an abortion service.
South Australia: Legal if two doctors agree that a woman’s physical and/or mental health endangered by pregnancy, or for serious foetal abnormality. Unlawful abortion a crime.
Tasmania: Legal to 16 weeks. Legal post-16 weeks with two doctors' approval. Illegal to protest within 150m of an abortion service.
Western Australia: Legal to 20 weeks, some restrictions particularly for under 16s. Very restricted after 20 weeks.
Northern Territory: Legal to 14 weeks with one doctor's approval, and at 14 - 23 weeks with an additional doctor. Not legal after 23 weeks unless it is performed to save a pregnant person's life. Illegal to protest within 150m of an abortion service.