Hannah* was 20 years old when she fell unexpectedly pregnant.
Unlike in most other Australian states, abortion is still in the Criminal Code in her home state of Queensland and is only lawful if performed to “prevent serious danger to the woman’s physical or mental health”.
“I knew abortion was, and still is, illegal,” Hannah told BuzzFeed News. “I also knew that an abortion may be legal where the woman’s mental or physical health is in danger.”
“It upset me that the law meant I felt like I had to fabricate or exaggerate the potential mental health impact having a child would have on me so that I would be taken seriously,” she said.
“I believed in my right to choose when I would have children, regardless of my mental health.”