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Women's health

12 documents.

Current practices of abortion services

  1. I am wanting to clarify the current practice of abortion services when children are born alive following an induced labour abortion.
  2. I have been told that the Canterbury DHB has been quoted as saying: “In the extremely rare occurrence that a baby were to be born alive following a late term abortion, the baby would be wrapped and then held until it passed.”
  3. I want to clarify whether this is an accurate representation of current practice or whether it is not accurate (or any further details that are not considered in the quoted statement). I would like clarity on the exact requirements of medical staff in the event that a child was born alive following a late term abortion.
  4. Details of the number of cases of alive births post abortion / termination, and whether the abortion / termination was because of birth defects or because of another reason.

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Abortion information in 2020 and 2021 reports

A copy of the information on abortion provided to the Ministry of Health in your Boards quarterly reports for the last quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

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Terminations/Abortions during 2020

Re response CDHB 10519 16/2/2021.  You advised that there were 1,658 terminations performed in 2020 at your boards facilities. I have recently been advised that the Ministry of Health informed the President of Voice for Life that the number of abortions performed at your facilities in 2020 totalled 1,613 there is a difference of 45 in the totals. I would be grateful if you could advise me promptly, which is the correct total?

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Harassment received from women accessing abortion services

  1. The number of written and oral complaints of harassment received from women accessing abortion at your facilities for the period 2019 to 31st January 2021?
  2. The nature of these complaints?
  3. Copies of those complaints with identifying details deleted?
  4. The number of written complaints of harassment received from staff entering and exiting your abortion facilities for the period 2019 to 31st January 2021?

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Number of abortions and counselling sessions in 2020

Follow up to response to 10519 Abortions/Terminations and Counselling:

  1. Is this assessment an initiative of your Board or is it the result of a direction from the Ministry of Health?
  2. Does this assessment result in many women choosing not to have an abortion?
  3. What is the nature of the support and care that you refer women to?
  4. As a result of this assessment do many women disclose that they are subject to coercion, violence and threats of abandonment?

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Number of abortions and counselling sessions in 2020

  • Number of abortions for 2020, number of pre and post abortion counselling sessions.

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Māori & Pacific Fertility Services

How many Māori and Pacific Island women (both as a figure and a percentage) received publicly funded fertility treatment through the DHB over the past two years.

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Information about terminations

  • What is the maximum gestation accepted for an abortion at your facility?
  • What was the gestational age of the oldest unborn child terminated at your facility since 2010?
  • Why, in the rare event that a child is born alive in an abortion at your facility is it not provided with the care that is mandated by the MoH?

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Women booked with hospital-based midwives and LMC’s

  • By month and since November 1 2019, the number of women booked with a hospital-based midwife/service.
  • If there is a breakdown of the above figure to show how many women were so booked because they couldn’t find or book with a community midwife/Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), can this please be provided.

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Information about the abortion/termination process

Full disclosure on exactly on what is done once a woman has been through any type of abortion-type process (where a woman selects to terminate her pregnancy, regardless of the medical procedure undertaken or the timeframe within the ‘normal’ term of pregnancy. i.e. between 2 weeks and 40 weeks of ‘termination.

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Termination services provided by Canterbury DHB

A copy of any guidelines of your DHB which relate to referral for women for consideration of first, second or third trimester abortions, including any guidelines operative before or after the enactment of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020. 2. If your DHB has no such guidelines please advise.

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Termination services provided by Canterbury DHB

Abortion services concerning the second and third trimesters only. Access and Providers. This is post the Abortion Legislation Act which came into force on 24/3/2020.

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