Here’s why there should be no gestational limits for abortion

Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities
Dr Erica Millar (PhD)
pregnancy test

Family planning organisation and abortion provider Marie Stopes warned earlier this week that Australian women face a confusing patchwork of state-based laws and service shortages that restrict access to abortions, based on where they live.

At the centre of these inconsistent laws is the gestational cut off – the point where the pregnant person is no longer the primary decision-maker and, instead, specific criteria must be met (generally, two doctors must agree that the abortion is necessary on medical and/or social grounds).