A little over three months into her pregnancy, the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that she is pregnant.
“It’s a big deal to have an abortion,” says the mother of two, who will be known as Tilly.
“But if you are worried, and you are with someone who is, I don’t know what you’re thinking, but this is the first time in my life that I have had to deal with this issue.
I had a lot of doubts when I started the pregnancy.
But it’s been a great experience.”
Tilly is one of thousands of women who have faced the decision to terminate their pregnancy.
A woman in her 20s in Italy has decided to terminate her pregnancy after six months of pregnancy, while the Australian woman who went through two and a half months of pregnancies is considering doing the same.
This is an issue that is not new.
In 2012, a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that a significant proportion of terminations are made during pregnancy, but it was only during the last two decades that abortion rates had started to rise.
The reason for this is largely that abortion clinics are not well-staffed.
“The majority of abortion clinics have very poor facilities, and they don’t have enough staff to support women and their families, so that means they are very busy,” said Dr Andrea Zapp, director of the Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a non-profit group which has worked to end abortion in Italy since the early 2000s.
The problem is compounded by the fact there are very few resources available to women who wish to get an abortion in the first place.
The CRR, which is funded by the European Union, has been working to get more women to access safe, legal abortion services since the mid-1990s.
Since the start of the current crisis, a total of 826 terminations have taken place in Italy, including 569 in 2015, according to CRR.
According to the organisation, in 2015 there were 2,800 abortions performed in Italy.
The number of terminions is expected to increase to more than 3,000 this year.
The first woman to die during an abortion was Alessandra Pina, who took her own life in 1993.
“For many years, the majority of terminities were performed on the streets, or in public spaces.
That is now changing,” said Andrea Zappa, director general of CRR in a press release.
“We know that more women are choosing to go to hospitals to receive an abortion and this is a very positive development.”
“In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women undergoing abortions in Italy,” added Dr Zappa.
“With the growth of the abortion market, we have to be careful that we don’t create a situation where there are no more women available for abortions.”
The CRr has a number of initiatives in place, including a helpline and a hotline, which can be reached by phone or email.
The helplines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The hotline can be accessed by text messaging the number 0800 757 0400.
“Many women who do not want to go through with an abortion do not know where to go, how to go about obtaining the necessary information, or even how to obtain the necessary equipment,” said Zappa in a statement.
“And, as a result, many women go to a clinic and are then turned away.”
The first abortion clinic to close since the crisis began is a health clinic in the northern Italian city of Genoa, which was recently closed after having to close its doors due to the crisis.
The facility was closed on March 31, but a second clinic is still open and will soon be able to continue providing abortion services.
“There are no longer any facilities to offer abortions in the city of the former Genoa,” said a statement from the city council, which has been supporting the clinic.
In January, the Italian Supreme Court upheld a law which prohibits abortion on the grounds of “genital integrity”.
“I have a lot to say about this,” said Maria Elena Tocci, the president of the pro-life organisation Il Giornale, who said that the law was discriminatory.
“If someone can get an order to have a baby in the womb, then there’s no reason for her to have any other choice, for example, to terminate it,” said Toccesi.
This law is also discriminatory because it only applies to those who are already pregnant.”