AUSTRALIAN women will soon be able to have access to medical abortions over the phone without having to visit a doctor or clinic.
The Tabbot Foundation has been launched to provide Australia-wide telephone assessment for home abortions, using the abortion drug mifepristone or RU486.
The way that it works is that women are given a referral to have an ultrasound and a pathology test and are assessed over the phone by a doctor and a clinical psychologist.
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Medications are then posted to the woman and a nurse follows up after the woman has taken the tablets.
The foundation says the over the phone abortion accessibility is extremely important for women living in rural and regional Australia.
“The expansion of access to medical terminations by tele-medicine is particularly important to women living in rural and regional Australia. These women have to travel long distances or indeed travel interstate to undergo surgery or not had the option of surgery at all,” The Tabbot Foundation website says.