Scientists from the Australian University of Queensland have proved that more than 40% of pregnant women who sought help from counseling services were subjected to violence. And if women had barriers to abortions, this increased the risk of self-harm or self-harm.
Even in Australia, there are still serious obstacles to abortion, despite the fact that they were decriminalized a long time ago. The authors of the study analyzed almost 2,000 records collected by the pregnancy counseling service between December 2018 and June 2020. 859 women were subjected to violence by a partner or family members, including forced reproductive intercourse and abuse.
Decriminalization of abortions has had some impact on their availability, but there are still many other barriers in the country that need to be eliminated. It should be noted that in the United States, an increasing number of states are introducing actual bans on abortions, and this causes serious protests from many representatives of the fair sex.