Canberra women traveling to Queanbeyan to access medical abortion medication by post

The Tabbot Foundation assesses women over the phone and arranges for an ultrasound before sending abortive drugs, painkillers and antibiotics to the woman, offering on-call and aftercare, for $250.

In the ACT, the only licensed clinic for medical and surgical abortions is Dr. Marie in Civic. The clinic did not respond to inquiries about the cost of its services, but typically an abortion — depending on gestation, location and method — costs between $300 and $800.

“When Tanya Plibersek put this on PBS she thought it would reduce the cost and make it affordable. But she was wrong for the ACT, in fact she was wrong for the whole of Australia,” said the medical director of the Tabbot Foundation. said Paul Hyland.

Dr Hyland criticized laws that require him to provide medical abortions to women from Canberra via NSW, and the apparent contradiction to recent anti-protest zones around abortion clinics.

“Our business model avoids harassment, intimidation and obstruction, the most [reason] laws have been put in place for zonal restriction in the ACT.

He is pushing for legislative change in the ACT that would allow his foundation to treat women in their own homes.

The foundation, which Dr Hyland says he intends to turn into a registered charity, provides medication for around 30 medical abortions a week.

Around 80,000 women in Australia each year have an abortion.

Australian Medical Association ACT branch president Steve Robson said he fully supports women’s right to access safe and effective abortion methods.

Prof Robson, a gynecologist, said medical abortions were both safe and effective, but serious complications were still possible. He said treating physicians had an ongoing duty of care to the women they offered abortions to.

But he said how abortion is regulated in each state is a legislative matter for broader community discussion, not the medical profession.

Health Minister Simon Corbell said while the government was committed to enabling women to make an informed decision and access abortion, the legislation did not distinguish between surgical and medical abortions .

He asked ACT Health for advice on the need for legislative change.

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