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New Zealand Women Forced To Wait Long Periods For Abortions

by Tanya Thomas on  July 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Researchers, studying the timeliness of services provided at nine New Zealand abortion clinics, have reported in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health that women in the country are forced to wait an average of 25 days to get a termination of pregnancy, from the date of their first visit to the doctor. They've recommended the clinics make more efforts by referring doctors to reduce the waiting times.
 New Zealand Women Forced To Wait Long Periods For Abortions
New Zealand Women Forced To Wait Long Periods For Abortions
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Martha Silva worked with a team of researchers from the University of Auckland to carry out the research. She said, "Although termination is a safe procedure when conducted under hygienic conditions by a trained provider, the risk for clinical complications increases with gestational age. We found that more than fifty percent of women seeking termination of pregnancy services in participating clinics terminated their pregnancy on or after the tenth week of pregnancy, on average waiting twenty five days between the first time they sought care with a referring doctor until the day of their termination".

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The clinics participating in the study also gave women an anonymous questionnaire about their experience. When asked what they thought about the time they had waited to get their termination, 38% thought they had waited too long and would have wanted to get the procedure done sooner, 15% thought it had been too long but they did not mind waiting, almost 40% said the time they waited was just right, and 2.9% thought the timing had been too quick. According to Silva, "This is the first large scale study of termination services conducted in New Zealand and highlights the need for a closer attention to women's experiences while accessing these services. To avoid further inequities in service, best practices must be identified to ensure that all clinics, regardless of whether within the public or private sector, can minimize the amount of time women have to wait for a procedure".



Source: Eurekalert
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