Ending a pregnancy: information for women

Ending a pregnancy: information for women

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Service Update

Medical practitioners and prescribed health services seeking to refer women for a surgical termination of pregnancy should phone the provider on 1800 844 877.

Costs for patients accessing this service will be capped at $475.

The decision to end a pregnancy is your decision, based on your needs and circumstances.  In making a decision you may like to talk with someone – family, friends, a counsellor or a doctor. But you do not have to have counselling or a referral to a service providing terminations.

If you are not sure how long you have been pregnant, you should see a doctor.  It is a good idea to do this as soon as you can so you have as many options as possible when making your decision.

Considering your options

Some doctors have a conscientious objection to termination (they disagree with the procedure).

Doctors with a conscientious objection do not have to provide you with information about, or help you to access, a termination - but they must provide you with a list of prescribed health services (services that provide information, advice or counselling about the full range of pregnancy options) as soon as they know you want a termination or want information about all options regarding your pregnancy.

Prescribed health services

These services provide free information, advice or counselling about the full range of pregnancy options.

Family Planning Tasmania

421 Main Rd, Glenorchy ph. 6273 9117

269 Wellington St, Launceston ph. 6343 4566

1 Pine Ave, Upper Burnie ph. 6431 7692

Women’s Health Tasmania

25 Lefroy Street, North Hobart ph. 6231 3212

Women’s Health Information Line

ph. 1800 675 028

The Link Youth Health Service (for women under 26 years of age)

57 Liverpool Street, Hobart ph. 6231 2927

Youth Health South (for women under 25 years of age)

404 Main Road, Glenorchy ph. 6166 1421

Surgical termination of pregnancy

Medical practitioners and prescribed health services seeking to refer women for a surgical termination of pregnancy should phone the provider on 1800 844 877.

Costs for patients accessing this service will be capped at $475.

Financial support to assist women to access surgical termination services may be available in some circumstances.

Medical termination of pregnancy

Medical termination of pregnancy may be available through your doctor and other medical services in Tasmania.

Medical termination of pregnancy is also available through Dr Marie (Marie Stopes International), ph 1300 315 664 or Dr Marie's website and through The Tabbot Foundation, ph 1800 180 880 or visit the Tabbot Foundation website.

Access zones

An access zone is the area within 150 metres from a service where terminations are provided.  It is illegal for anyone to harass or intimidate or protest against termination within this space.

For more information

Please contact a prescribed health service as listed above.

Relevant Tasmanian law

The Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Act 2013 supports health and wellbeing in pregnancy considerations and decisions.

December 2018