Medical termination not an option in the country
Around one in six Australian women have had an abortion by their mid-30s. These women come from all age groups and demographics: some are mothers already, while others are child-free; some are partnered, others are single.
Abortion was removed from the New South Wales Crimes Act in October and is now legal in all Australian states and territories, under certain circumstances.
However, many women have difficulties accessing these services, especially in rural and regional areas. This needs to change.
What is a medical abortion?
One option for women seeking a termination is to have an early medical abortion, as opposed to a surgical termination.
A medical abortion involves inducing a miscarriage using a combination of two oral medications – mifepristone and misoprostol – which can be used in pregnancies up to nine weeks.
Women can take the medications home, ...