Abortion care in the 21st century

Caroline M Costa and Kirsten I Black
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51274
Published online: 18 October 2021

Identifying inequity of access and assessing the effectiveness of interventions is difficult without systematic abortion data collection

The past two decades have seen major changes in both abortion law and abortion provision across Australia. Safe legal abortion is now available to all Australian women, and is accessible to many. Decriminalisation in all states and territories and legislated safety zones around abortion services have led to wider discussion of abortion in Australian society and softening of the attached stigma.1

  • 1 The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD
  • 2 The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW


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