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24th January 2022, 15:44

​15 women access abortion services since June referendum -11 opt for termination

Published by GBC News

15 women have accessed abortion services since the referendum to allow them in June, with 11 opting to proceed with termination.

This was reported in Monday's Gibraltar Chronicle from GHA data. The change in law came into effect in mid July.

The Chronicle reports that every woman who accessed the confidential service was over sixteen and that all abortions have taken place at eight weeks or under.

It quotes GHA Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Chandrika Balachander as saying the service is not just about terminations but also about supporting women, whatever their choice. She says the GHA does not offer guidance, but a clear explanation of the options available.

The report states that with the exception of one surgical intervention, all terminations have been medical abortions involving a pill taken at home, with women given the choice of both.

Anyone seeking a termination is given a 48 hour 'cooling off' period and all women who undergo a termination are offered counselling.

The Government has confirmed to the Chronicle that no GHA doctor or nurse has refused to take part in the abortion service and no woman has been refused the service, all of them having fallen within the criteria.