Victoria is the only place in Australia that offers women safe, late-term (after 20 weeks) abortions for psychological reasons.
The Bracks Government, has decided it will make women undergo compulsory counselling and then force them to wait 48 hours before they can have the procedure. According to Health Minister Bronwyn Pike, the new regulations, which will not require any legislative change, will provide women with "another layer of support". Her spokesman insists they have nothing to do with trying to reduce the rate of late-term abortions.
So, if you are a woman who is experiencing mental health issues and you are pregnant you have to have "another layer of support" before you can terminate a pregnancy in late-term. You will not be required to undergo compulsory counselling and a 48 hour cooling-off period if you are a woman who seeks a late-term abortion because of foetal abnormalities.
Only women in late-term pregnancies, presenting with psychological reasons are targeted.
"The Bracks Government’s crude measures of mandatory counselling followed by a cooling-off period represent a patronising and insulting decision that panders to largely male legislators and the religious right who think women don’t really understand the "reality" of their choice when terminating a late-term pregnancy." –Sushi Das
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