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Why Women Have Abortion


While South Australia is the only state in Australia that collates and maintains a record of reasons why women have abortions, it does provide a strong indication of what is happening in other states and territories.

In 2012 the following reasons were given for the 4,765 abortions 1:



The 95.7% ‘mental health’ category is made up of women who have been influenced by one or a variety of social or economic circumstances for having an abortion: 2

  • no support
  • spouse/partner would leave me
  • don’t want children or any more children
  • the baby would dramatically change my life
  • couldn’t afford to keep the baby
  • don’t want to be a single mother
  • having relationship problems
  • not sure about the relationship
  • don’t feel mature enough to raise (another) child
  • don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant
  • have an abusive partner
  • can’t leave the job to take look after a baby
  • too young
  • parents/partner wants me to have an abortion
  • paying off a house
  • student or planning to study
  • will affect my career/employment prospects
  • would have to find a new place to live

Other reasons women gave for having an abortion (approx 4.3% of all reasons given) are placed within four categories:
1) serious handicap of fetus,
2) specified medical condition,
3) pre-existing psychiatric disorder
4) sexual assault

Whilst the majority of these above abortions (179 in total) were performed because of ‘serious handicap of fetus’, it is unclear how many of these abortions were actually performed on healthy babies. It is a regular occurrence of babies being identified as having a ‘serious’ abnormality, when in actual fact they do not . Often the degree of abnormality varies, with some being operable, such as club-foot, cleft palate, etc. The word ‘serious’ is a rather subjective term. Many babies, well over 30 weeks gestation, have been aborted around Australia as a result of misdiagnosis. No doctor, nurse or technician, is going to admit to the mother of an aborted baby, “Whoops! Sorry, we’ve accidently killed your healthy baby.”

For further reading on above discussion click on links below >>
Aborted For Perfection, Herald Sun   (article posted in essentialbaby.com)
Healthy Babies Aborted, Herald Sun
Figures Reveal Horror Tales of Late Terminations, Herald Sun

During 2012 there was one abortion due to ‘assault on person’ recorded in South Australia. According to the yearly abortion reports, having an abortion due to rape is quite rare and there have been some years where not a single abortion is attributed to this reason. 3

Quite a number of abortions are attributed to women in stable relationships who have become pregnant, and want to have an abortion because they have already ‘completed’ their families or for economic or other reasons. The South Australian statistics for 2008 showed 34.8% of abortions were performed on women who were married or in de facto relationships, and also that almost 30% of known pregnancies in the 40-44 and 45+ age groups were aborted. 4

For many years, it has been argued that abortion is being used by Australian women as a means of contraception. Whilst this accusation has been rigorously denied by abortion advocates, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2001 Year Book states quite clearly, in light of its findings, “…abortion is being used as a form of contraception as well as a way of protecting rights of women…” 5


















Many have speculated about the reasons behind women aborting their children. Some suggest it is primarily the result of coercion. Others say a lack, or a perceived lack, of financial or emotional support, or a number of other circumstances. However, these circumstantial-approaches are too short-sighted. There is a much more fundamental reason why women are choosing to kill their unborn babies at around 100,000 a year in Australia.

Not long ago abortion was abhorrent to our society. When a woman was pregnant, it was accepted that she was ‘carrying a child’. This child had worth and was considered part of the human family.

Now, abortion is applauded as a woman’s right. And we are meant to believe that social and economic factors outweigh any moral concerns about the child’s life. In fact, the unborn child is assumed to have no real value unless given by his or her mother.


Yet, ironically, over the past 40 years all the evidence has pointed in the opposite direction. An abundance of photographs and 3D imaging of the unborn in the womb has continually confirmed their humanness.



No one can say that a photograph of an unborn baby at even 8 weeks doesn’t look like a human being — unless he has extremely poor vision, or is not of sound mind, or, worse still, lives in self-deceit in the most extreme form. (Bear in mind, few abortions are performed before this age.)

Unborn baby 8 weeks conception
Photo by Suparna Sinha

Similarly, a basic investigation into any of the fields of medical science, such as genetics, embryology, foetology, obstetrics, etc, clearly reveals that the unborn child is a separate, unique, living human being.

In addition to all of this, we are now seeing a strong link between rising social and economic problems and society’s disregard for the unborn. As social analyst and writer Richard Grant remarked:

“… there is increasing evidence that abortion is linked to an increased incidence of social and health disorders, such as marriage breakdown, child abuse, mental and physical illness, drug abuse, breast cancer and suicide. The consequent cost to Australia is very considerable.

“The stark reality is that the act of killing an unborn Australian child is now one of our nation’s most commonly performed medical procedures. Our failure to protect the unborn is exacting a high price, and the longer we wait the higher the financial and social bill will be for us, our children and our grandchildren.”

1   South Australian Abortion Reporting Committee; Tenth Annual Report, 2012, Table 8a, p6
2   Alan Guttmaker Institute; see various 1988 – 2004 reports on ‘reasons why women have abortions’
3   Committee Appointed to Examine and Report on Abortions Notified in SA 33rd annual report, 2002
4   Table 40 ‘Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2008′ Department of Health, p59
5   Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001 Yearbook, No. 83 p176, ABS Canberra, ABS Catalogue No 1301.0
6   Richard Grant: Abortion and Australia’s socio-economic health National Observer – Australia and World Affairs, 2005 http://www.nationalobserver.net/2005_summer_106.html