One in four pregnancies end in abortion: report
The national report from Family Planning NSW shows that the majority of unintended pregnancies result from either not using contraception or using contraception incorrectly, while only a small proportion of unintended pregnancies appear to be due to true contraception failure.
Ann Brassil, chief executive officer, Family Planning NSW, said the estimated abortion rate is not surprising and highlights the importance of pushing the government for a national abortion registry that would provide critical information to researchers, health services and academics to help them develop strategies aimed at reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.
“We’ve known about those figures for a long time. They’re derived figures because there is no national data collection for abortion in Australia. Although there are a lot of politics around abortion clearly it’s the case that the community is choosing abortion as an option. We want to