Abortion clinics have been a big basis for discussion especially with the pro-life and pro-choice movements. Regardless of what side you are on with the debate they exist in Australia and provide a service to help women with unwanted pregnancies. Deciding to go along with the procedure is a big decision to make and requires doctors consultations and tests before you can through with it.

Many people are unaware of what actually goes into the procedure so we are going to explore everything you need to know about an abortion clinic.

When is it legal?

While there are abortion clinics, the legality of them does differ per state. As of 2019 pregnancy termination is legal upon request in all states except for New South Wales. In New South Wales these procedures are classified as a criminal offence where the professional undertaking the procedure and the woman involved could both face jail time.

That doesn’t mean you can’t undergo the procedure in New South Wales altogether though. If the medical professional finds any factors where the pregnancy will affect the mental or physical health of the woman, the pregnancy can be terminated. That includes factors such as finances and many more.

Additionally it is important to note that as of July 1st 2018, it is illegal to protest within 150m of an abortion clinic.

The different types of procedures

Abortion clinics offer to different types of procedures which include a medication based one and an on-site procedure. Below we are going to go into a bit more detail of each one.

What happens with each?

The on-site procedure is undertaken at the abortion clinic where a doctor or nurse will use instruments and some light suction to remove the fetus from the uterus. The medication based one involves taking a pill to end your pregnancy in a way that acts similar to a miscarriage.

How often do they succeed?

Procedures that are carried out in the abortion clinic have a 99 percent success rate during all times of your pregnancy. The medical based procedures differ depending on how long you have been pregnant. * weeks has a yield of 98 percent, 8 to 9 weeks with 96 percent and 9 to 10 weeks with 93 percent.

How long will the procedures go for?

On average the medication based procedures take approximately 48 hours after you have taken the first pill. You will be required to take one pill at the abortion clinic and a second one to two days after. The on-site procedures take approximately 10 minutes in total. Both procedures require you to go to a facility for an initial mental and physical consultation to see if the procedure is the right choice for you.

Are these procedures safe?

Pregnancy termination procedures are one of if not the most safe medical procedure in the world. The advancement of technology and modern medicine has allowed medical professionals to carry out both procedures in a way that their patients are unharmed and have a very high chance of recovery.

To give you more peace of mind, the professionals that perform the procedures are highly trained and are constantly reading about new discoveries and methods to make sure their patients are looked after in the best capacity. While the procedures are safe, mishaps may be rare but can happen. If you notice anything out of the unordinary it is highly recommended that you consult with a medical professional at your earliest convenience. Even if you are feeling a little bit off, there’s nothing wrong with asking after you have had one of these procedures.