Media Release

For release: June 9, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern at the rate of abortions performed in Western Australia, with almost a quarter of pregnancies in WA in 2009 ending in termination.

ACL’s West Australian Director Michelle Pearse said that the number and rate of abortions was too high and that the government needed to take the lead in reducing the toll of pregnancy termination.

“Clearly there is a need for greater counselling and support services for women, which offer women real choices other than abortion, such as adoption and raising the child.

“The introduction of a mandatory 48 hour cooling off period after seeking a termination would allow women to take stock of the situation and fully consider their options.”

Ms Pearse said that far more could be done to assist pregnant teenagers in particular, as more than half of all WA pregnancies in teenagers aged 15 to 19 ended in abortions between 2006 and 2009.

“Many young women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy feel that abortion is their only option,” said Ms Pearse.

“These women deserve to be fully informed about the serious mental and physical health effects of terminating a pregnancy, as recent research has demonstrated.”[1]

Ms Pearse said that abortion was not the solution to the problem of an unexpected pregnancy.

[1] Women and Abortion: An Evidence Based Review