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  • Birth control, Family planning, Termination of pregnancy

In Victoria, you can have two types of abortion: surgical and medication. Both types are safe and reliable. You can have a medication abortion up to nine weeks of pregnancy. You can have a surgical abortion from around six weeks of pregnancy onwards.

Abortion

This fact sheet provides general information about abortion and a comparison of the two methods: medical and surgical.

  • Amharic (ኣማርኛ) (pdf)
  • Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة) (pdf)
  • Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian (Lišānā Āshûrāya / ܐܵܬ݂ܘܼܪܵܝܲܐ ܠܸܫܵܢܵܐ) (pdf)
  • Burmese (pdf)
  • Dari (درى) (pdf)
  • Dinka (Thuɔŋjäŋ) (pdf)
  • English (word)
  • Harari (ሃራሪ) (pdf)
  • Karen (ကညီကျိာ်) (pdf)
  • Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) (pdf)
  • Nuer (Thok Naath) (pdf)
  • Oromo (ኦሮሞ፞) (pdf)
  • Somali (af Soomaali / اَف صَومالي˜) (pdf)
  • Swahili (Kiswahili / كِسوَهِل) (pdf)
  • Thai (ภาษาไทย)(pdf)
  • Tigrinya (ትግርኛ) (pdf)

Abortion procedure – medical  

This fact sheet describes the process for undergoing a medical termination, including a consultation with a doctor, medications you will take and where these steps take place.

  • Amharic (ኣማርኛ) (pdf)
  • Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة) (pdf)
  • Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian (Lišānā Āshûrāya / ܐܵܬ݂ܘܼܪܵܝܲܐ ܠܸܫܵܢܵܐ) (pdf)
  • Burmese (pdf)
  • Dari (درى) (pdf)
  • Dinka (Thuɔŋjäŋ) (pdf)
  • English (word)
  • Harari (ሃራሪ) (pdf)
  • Karen (ကညီကျိာ်) (pdf)
  • Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) (pdf)
  • Nuer (Thok Naath) (pdf)
  • Oromo (ኦሮሞ፞) (pdf)
  • Somali (af Soomaali / اَف صَومالي˜) (pdf)
  • Swahili (Kiswahili / كِسوَهِل) (pdf)
  • Thai (ภาษาไทย)(pdf)
  • Tigrinya (ትግርኛ) (pdf)

Abortion procedure – surgical  

This fact sheet describes the process for undergoing surgical abortion, including pre- and post- surgical assessment and care. 

  • Amharic (ኣማርኛ) (pdf)
  • Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة) (pdf)
  • Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian (Lišānā Āshûrāya / ܐܵܬ݂ܘܼܪܵܝܲܐ ܠܸܫܵܢܵܐ) (pdf)
  • Burmese (pdf)
  • Dari (درى) (pdf)
  • Dinka (Thuɔŋjäŋ) (pdf)
  • English (word)
  • Harari (ሃራሪ) (pdf)
  • Karen (ကညီကျိာ်) (pdf)
  • Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) (pdf)
  • Nuer (Thok Naath) (pdf)
  • Oromo (ኦሮሞ፞) (pdf)
  • Somali (af Soomaali / اَف صَومالي˜) (pdf)
  • Swahili (Kiswahili / كِسوَهِل) (pdf)
  • Thai (ภาษาไทย)(pdf)
  • Tigrinya (ትግርኛ) (pdf)

If you would like this information in an accessible format, please email: betterhealthchannel@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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Last updated: May 2019

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