Yes, 24 weeks in some states.
Eta the service is offered in Melbourne http://mariestopes3-px.rtrk.com.au/our-services/women/abortion/delayed-abortion?utm_source=ReachLocal&utm_medium=PPC&utm_ campaign=abortion_wa
Last edited by headoverfeet; 30-09-2012 at 23:20.
I find it hard to believe that a doctor in Australia would perform an abortion at 24 weeks for non medical reasons? Babies can survive when born that early.
When I worked in NICU I looked after babies born at 23 weeks, I think that's terrible that anywhere would allow a termination at 24 weeks as it is most definitely not a bunch of cells then, it is a fully formed albeit very small baby. I think 20 weeks should be the cut off, I've read a story of a baby surviving at 22 weeks even.
Oh my god that's horrific. Abortions of healthy viable babies for non medical reasons- babies who if born could have possibly survived Being terminated is mind blowingly awful. Reasons listed included changes to circumstances and failure to identify pregnancy Earlier.
Im pro choice, im pro birth choices, im pro bodily autonomy, but i think that It should be illegal For a doctor to perform an abortion for non medical reasons outside the first trimester.
At 24 weeks id assume they would need to euthanise the fetus prior to abortion just in case The baby was born alive and breathing. Because if that baby takes a breath the doctors would be morally and legally obliged at 24 weeks to attempt to save that persons life?
Thats seriously messed up.
I might be super insensitive But i cant imagine how someone could be in so much mental distress that it would be better outcome for the mothers long term emotional and mental state to terminate and birth an otherwise viable baby. I really cant see how that could possibly be a better outcome.
********massive disclaimer/clarification - I'm specifically responding to the link to dr marie stopes website saying the offer terminations up until 24 weeks gestation- Im reffering to terminations of healthy potentially viable babies for reasons listed on that page**********
I am guessing finding out you are pregnant can cause real mental anguish and trauma regardless of gestation. I don't see how the mental implications could be any less if you found out at 24 weeks than 5? If anything I would expect them to be worse <img src="images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" smilieid="11" class="inlineimg"
Personally I don't feel late term abortion is something I could choose to do without medical need but I do respect a woman's choice to do it.
Boobycino that company offer surgical termination for late term abortion so the mother does not have to go through labour.
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