Market forces result in the termination of a once lucrative service:
Dr Paul Hyland had been [Tasmania’s] primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but said rising costs and a drop in demand had meant he had closed the service.
He said the number of surgical abortions, a procedure done after nine weeks, had declined.
“Back in 2000 there were 25 to 30 surgical terminations a week and that’s slowly dropped due to the combined effects of contraception and managing it earlier,” he said.
The decline in demand for abortions is understandable given that responsible females can access birth control that is effective, readily available and inexpensive.
Clementine Ford perversely argues that taxpayers must take responsibility for irresponsible women who become pregnant:
Terminating a pregnancy isn’t a uniquely complicated procedure. It isn’t like brain surgery, where you could reasonably expect your options for expertise to be limited and therefore be happy to travel wherever the best help is available. Abortion might have been forced to wear the heavy shroud of shame throughout its long and storied history, but the reality is that it’s a simple medical procedure that, when performed in a safe medical environment, ensures healthy outcomes for people who will always, always look for a way out.
Do you want to know what access to publicly funded, safe and legal surgical abortions means for those of us who can get pregnant? It means more of us go on to have healthy, manageable family sizes. It means our bodies are protected from the known risks of repeat pregnancies. It means we can stay in the workforce. It means more of us have a choice, and that choice means fewer of us die.
Avoiding pregnancy also isn’t like brain surgery: it’s a simple matter of abstaining from behaviours that might lead to unwanted pregnancy.