About the Bessie Smyth Foundation

From July 1977 to August 2002 The Bessie Smyth Foundation managed and operated Australia’s first feminist abortion service, known as The Powell Street Clinic at Homebush. We sold our abortion service in August 2002 and no longer manage The Powell Street Clinic. As a feminist service we continue to promote free, accessible and appropriate abortion services for women.

The Bessie Smyth Foundation now provides the following services:

  • abortion information, referral advice and advocacy;

  • pregnancy decision-making counselling;

  • pre- and post-abortion counselling;

  • assessment of the current needs of women in NSW and lobbying and advocating to ensure that these needs are met;

  • training and resource development;

  • consultancy to government, community, the legal profession, health care providers and other agencies regarding quality-of-care and access and equity issues in abortion service delivery; and

  • working with women, with abortion providers, with community services and with all stakeholders to ensure safe and accessible abortion services.

RUN BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN
A PROJECT OF THE WOMEN’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT

Bessie Smyth Foundation
Activity Report 2003

A comprehensive report on the role and activities of the foundation over the last year