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Old 13th January 2018, 11:44 PM
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Default TAS: Tasmania's only abortion clinic closes, putting pressure on government

The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to find a new surgical abortion service, after the closure of the state's only clinic.

Dr Paul Hyland had been the state's primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but said rising costs and a drop in demand had meant he had closed the service.

He said the number of surgical abortions, a procedure done after nine weeks, had declined.

"Back in 2000 there were 25 to 30 surgical terminations a week and that's slowly dropped due to the combined effects of contraception and managing it earlier," he said.

Dr Hyland said those currently seeking a termination after nine weeks were being told to visit their GP, an approach he said was not helpful.

Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been a vocal opponent of the abortion pill RU486, and joined church leaders to protest against the state's Reproductive Health Bill that passed in 2013.

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