Tasmanian News

Labor calling on the state government to fix abortion services now


Labor's slamming the state government's handling of abortions with no guarantees on when they'll resume in Tasmania.

It's been more than 300 days since the state's only abortion clinic shut its doors in Hobart.

The Hodgman Government had promised a new low-cost surgical service would be up and running by October, but the deadline has come and gone.

The Health Department has blamed drawn-out discussions between the unnamed provider and a surgical facility for the delay.

Premier Will Hodgman has told the media he "hopes" the clinic will be open soon, but Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell says the issue needs to be resolved now.

"This government have misled Tasmanians over this issue, they made this commitment, they set this timeline and they have had 312 days now to fix this problem," she says.

Susan Fahey from Women's Legal Service says Tasmanian women deserve better.

"We spent many many years as a society, trying to stigmatise abortion and in the last 12 month this government has re-stigmatised it. We've sent our women away like it's something shameful," she says.