Women struggle with abortion costs and stigma despite decriminalisation

A study of data from a pregnancy counselling service illustrates the hurdles that remain
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Barriers to timely abortion, including cost and stigma, persist in Queensland despite decriminalisation — and in some cases are the catalyst to self-harm to induce miscarriage, a study shows.

Data from the state’s main pregnancy counselling service have also revealed nearly half of its clients have experienced family or intimate partner violence, including abuse, reproductive coercion and controlling behaviour.