Australia abortion access a ‘postcode lottery’

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Image: Holli via Shutterstock: Pro-abortion protesters New South Wales Parliament House. August 6, 2019.

Despite abortion being decriminalized in all states and territories across Australia except in Western Australia, the provision of reproductive services varies vastly across the country. Expenses involved make it difficult for many women to access reproductive services, particularly in regional areas. A lack of a national law on reproductive rights further adds to accessibility challenges. The overturning of federal abortion rights by the US Supreme Court has brought renewed attention to the barriers women face accessing reproductive healthcare in Australia. 

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