An estimated 80,000 - 90,000 surgical abortions are performed in Australia each year. 1 , 2 This equates to approximately 250 per day, or one abortion for every 2.8 live births.3 One in three Australian women will have an abortion in their lifetime. 4
There are no statistics available for the number of chemical abortions in Australia. The ‘morning after pill’, Postinor-2 is available over the counter and accounts for an unknown number of early abortions. A combination of drugs, Methotrexate and Misoprostal, is also widely used to induce abortion before 7 weeks gestation. This is done as a general consult by doctors and the number is not recorded.
5 Pratt, Biggs and Buckmaster, February 2005. Australian Parliamentary Research Brief no. 9 2004–05. How manyabortions are there in Australia?A discussion of abortion statistics, their limitations, and options forimproved statistical collection.