Availability of Medical Abortions in MidCentral District

Thursday, June 1, 2017 General News
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Approximately 100 females have obtained medical pregnancy terminations since they became available in the area of MidCentral District Health Board’s. In October 2016 Palmerston North’s Women’s Health Clinic began performing medical abortions. Initially
every woman needing abortion: medical and surgical-were sent to services in Wairarapa and Wellington. A doctor who conducts abortions in Wairarapa and Gisborne told having a service in Plamerston North decreased the accessibility and choice for local
females. Even though surgical terminations of pregnancy were still not available in the MidCentral DHB area doctor told there were experts willing and available in the region to conduct them. Having a local facility for medical pregnancy terminations meant female could choose to have the process in Palmerston north instead travelling to a different district. But the hope was to see surgical termination of pregnancy as an option for Palmerston North females in the future he also mentioned. There were still areas in New Zealand like as Whanganui and the West Coast which did not have any abortion services obtainable meaning females had to travel for the process. Additional areas had either only surgical or medical services available doctor stated. A Capital and Coast spokesperson told both surgical and medication termination had been available in that region since the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act came into effect in 1977. Early abortion pill procedure had been available since about 2000 he mentioned. MidCentral senior portfolio manager for youth children and intersectoral partnerships told all district health boards were needed to offer termination-of-pregnancy services. Even though surgical procedure had to still be carried out somewhere else MidCentral was committed to offering care close to residence she mentioned. The number of surgical pregnancy terminations of females from the MidCentral District has diminished over the past 5 years in line with the national trend. There were 67 fewer surgical procedures from females in the district in 2015/16 compared with the previous year period. Approximately 13000 abortions were conducted nationally in 2015 down from more than 16000 in 2010. A medication abortion involves a female who is up to ten weeks pregnant having abortion pills to have self-induce miscarriage. The doctor who performed abortions in Wairarapa and Gisborne stated that local youth service had seen an important increase in the number of young females seeking long-acting reversible birth control. The falling trend in pregnancy termination numbers could partially be associated to that and also the range of free sexual and reproductive health services funded for youth she mentioned. Anybody under 24 was able to access free sexual health services that provide assistance with sexual and reproductive issues like birth control was also told by her.

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