Australia: Complicated abortion laws are driving women to buy termination drugs online

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Tory Shepherd, Political Editor, The Advertiser
September 27, 2016 8:00am

COMPLICATED abortion laws are driving women to buy termination drugs online, a report released today reveals.

Some women face serious barriers to safe, affordable abortions, while the drugs for a home abortion are easy to find on Facebook.

Every state and territory has different, complicated abortion laws, and the Federal Government has bogged down abortion drugs in red tape, university researchers say. That and possibly fear of controversy have led to doctors’ reluctance to sign up to provide medical abortions.

Women, particularly those in rural and regional Australia and from vulnerable groups, can face geographical, financial and legal barriers to both surgical and medical procedures (which use the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone, also called RU486).

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Source: The Advertiser