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Abortion

Women choose to terminate their pregnancy for different reasons. Sometimes they feel pressured or coerced by partners, family or others. Some simply don't feel ready for the responsibility of a child. For others it is because they are not in a committed, loving relationship; or the relationship may be violent. Financial reasons and career can also be a factor in this decision. Some women lack the support, both emotional and practical, of family and friends. They may be concerned about the attitudes of people in their community, and how they and their baby will be treated. For others the decision is made that much more difficult because they are the victim of rape or incest, or because an ultrasound shows that their baby is disabled.

We want you to be able to make your decision about what to do based on what is best for your overall health, wellbeing and happiness. Our belief is that every woman has the right to be fully informed when facing the abortion decision and free to make choices that will not only create positive outcomes now, but also in the future.

Our information is evidence-based, and is supported by studies that have taken care to avoid bias on either side of the abortion debate. You have the right to exercise free will in making your decision, without feeling pressure from family, friends or others. Our role is to support you through this decision making process—not to tell you what to do. Together we will explore all the options available to you, and the potential consequences and risks involved with each. You will have the opportunity to hear what others have done in your situation, which may help you work out what is best for you. We offer referrals to professional health services and will help you find the best care.

Whatever you decide to do, your decision will be respected and The Gianna Centre will be here to offer ongoing support for as long as you need it.

It is normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a baby through abortion.

Research shows that many women who have an abortion suffer long-term symptoms of trauma, such as guilt, denial, numbness, anxiety, depression, loss of self-esteem, self-destructive behaviours, sleep disorders, suicidal thoughts and increased drug and alcohol use. For example, a recent review, which undertook the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion, found a moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion.Unfortunately, women seeking an abortion are often not made aware of this.

Hurt by abortion? Catch a Swallow (C.A.S.) offers a confidential six-week program called Steps Toward Healing.

We offer the following useful information website links:

'Before You Decide' - we have made available 'choices' information sheets when facing an unplanned pregnancy:

Visit our Emergency Contact (click here) page for the list of emergency telephone helplines for assistance.

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