Family Planning & Unplanned Pregnancy
When you find out about an unplanned pregnancy, you may experience feelings ranging from shock and excitement, through to grief and anxiety.
It’s important to remember that you have options.
A healthcare provider or counselling service can provide up-to-date information and advice to help you address your feelings and concerns, know your rights and make a fully informed decision to either:
- continue a pregnancy independently or with a partner
- continue a pregnancy with the intention of giving the child up for adoption or foster care
- terminate a pregnancy by abortion.
Find a service
There are services available that can help you explore and resolve issues relating to your:
- feelings toward parenthood and children
- short- and long-term goals
- health and wellbeing
- financial situation
- religious beliefs
- moral values.
Family planning advice and counselling services can be accessed through:
- your doctor - find a doctor in your area
- True Relationships & Reproductive Health
- Women’s Health Queensland.
You can also access information and advice from:
- 13 HEALTH - 13 43 25 84
- Children by choice - phone 1800 177 725
- Pregnancy Birth and Baby - phone 1800 882 436
- Lifeline - phone 13 11 14.
Termination of Pregnancy
From 3 December 2018, the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 ('the Act') will ensure terminations of pregnancy are treated as a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The Act:
- supports a woman’s right to health, including reproductive health and autonomy
- provides clarity and safety for health practitioners providing terminations of pregnancy
- brings Queensland legislation in line with other Australian jurisdictions.
The purpose of the Act is to enable reasonable and safe access by women to terminations of pregnancy and to regulate the conduct of registered health practitioners in relation to terminations.