This could change the way Australian women get access to abortions

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This could change the way Australian women get access to abortions
By Felicity Nethery
April 5, 2017

An over-the-phone abortion service has been given an early tick of approval, after an independent preliminary review deemed the service to be a safe and effective way of terminating pregnancies for Australian women.

Since being approved in September 2015, the Tabbot Foundation has provided more than 1,800 women access to medical abortions without the need for a face-to-face doctor or psychologist consultation.

The telephone service allows women to be assessed over the phone and then prescribed the abortion drug mifepristone, or RU486, which is then posted out at a cost of about $250.

The Tabbot Foundation phone service has received some backslash during its 18 months of operation. However, an independent review of the first 1,000 women who used the service found it was comparable to that of medical abortions offered in person at existing clinics.

Continued at source: 9Honey News: http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/04/06/12/25/review-finds-over-the-phone-abortion-service-safe-and-effective