Support for pregnant women at risk
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We are in urgent need of funding for pregnancy support services. Women require proper care and counselling when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
Lets look at the FACTS:
The Hobart clinic closed down due to "decreased demand" - lack of clients.
Funding for surgical abortion is freely available from many womens and youth services across the state.
The abortion pill, which is widely used, is available via a phone call anywhere in the state.
The money spent on an abortion clinic could be better spent on other un-funded options for women faced with unplanned pregnancy- like intensive pregnancy & parenting support services.There is also a need for specialized counselling support for women struggling with the news of fetal abnormalities, or those being pressured to abort by a partner, as well as those struggling with a pregnancy and/or to parent with an ABI (acquired brain injury) or learning difficulty.
Where is the "clinic" to support these women?
Where is the funding to ensure services can support these women?
Are these women and their babies less worthy of the million dollars promised by Bill Shorten to establish an abortion clinic in Tasmania?
Tasmania "needs" a lot of things but, while women have access to abortion via the Tabbot foundation and private and interstate providers it does not "need" an abortion clinic.
What it does need is funding for support services that offer alternatives to abortion - viable options - for women when they are facing an unplanned and/or difficult pregnancy.
Tassie women deserve better than "just" abortion as an option.
If the "mantra" really is "women can do ANYTHING" then we need to be sure they have FREE and unrestricted access to ALL of their options before making one of the biggest, life changing decisions of their life.
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