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Women Are Flying Interstate For Surgical Abortions Because One Doctor Retired

Women Are Flying Interstate For Surgical Abortions Because One Doctor Retired

For the past 18 years Dr Michael Carrette has been one of the few doctors providing surgical abortions in Cairns. View this image › Getty ID: 10762252 When he retired late last year, after performing nearly 9000 abortions, women with unwanted pregnancies in Far North Queensland were left in the lurch.The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) told BuzzFeed News: “Until recently, surgical terminations were provided in Cairns by a private doctor. Cairns Hospital patients who required this procedure were referred to this doctor who recently retired.”Abortion remains in Queensland’s crim
Here’s Why Women Did (And Didn’t) Go On Strike Today

Here’s Why Women Did (And Didn’t) Go On Strike Today

I spent most of yesterday in a dark mood but couldn’t pinpoint the cause. It wasn’t until late last night that I realized I was grappling — internally, with my co-workers, with my partner — with what the women’s strike should look like for me. I’d read dozens of compelling arguments; I’d considered the natural hesitancy, the well-reasoned advocacy, and the argument that my role, as a journalist, was to cover what other women were doing with this day.Strikes are funny political tools: They speak through absence. Which is part of their power, but also, I’d argue, part of why they’re hard for women to wrap their arms around. We’ve been told that the only way to get something we want is to work harder, not absent ourselves. What’s more, most of our labor — especially of th