Sunday, December 15, 2013

Claims that hospital abortion measures 'stigmatise' patients

http://www.nmahs.health.wa.gov.au/BuildingProgram/Midland/images/MPH_Main.jpgWomen seeking abortions at the new Midland Health Campus in Perth will be discriminated against, according to the WA Opposition, reports Perth Now

Documents show pregnant women seeking advice about terminating their unborn babies at the facility will be made to use a stand-alone clinic with a separate car park and entrance away from the main hospital. 

The Opposition says they will be treated as 'outcasts'.

They will also be fenced off from other patients. 

The Barnett Government last year awarded St John of God Health Care a $5 billion contract over 23 years to build and run the $360m Midland Public Hospital.

As a Catholic health care provider, St John of God refuses to offer pregnancy terminations or any sterilisation and contraception services.

The State Government will build a separate clinic next to the hospital that will provide these 'restricted procedures.'

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