Getting an abortion just got harder, thanks to the coronavirus. Here’s what we can do better

Abortions are expensive and, for many women, difficult to access. These challenges are only heightened during the coronavirus pandemic.

A study published in 2017 reported after the Medicare rebate, a first trimester abortion costs, on average:

  • A$560 for a medical abortion, which involves taking two medications 24-48 hours apart (currently available to nine weeks’ gestation)
  • A$470 for a surgical abortion.

With the exception of South Australia and the Northern Territory, most public hospitals around Australia don’t provide abortions.

[T]he COVID-19 crisis has revealed we need longer-term investments to ensure women can access this essential and time-sensitive procedure.

This will entail a commitment to the public provision of abortion, including within public hospitals, and the systemic training of health professionals in abortion care.

Source: Getting an abortion just got harder, thanks to the coronavirus. Here’s what we can do better

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