Following the Senate inquiry into universal access to reproductive healthcare, the Federal Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ged Kearney, announced on 10 July that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will remove a number of restrictions around prescribing and dispensing of the medical abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol.
WEL has written to congratulate Assistant Minister Kearney and to urge her to implement other key recommendations from the Inquiry - full letter here
This decision will implement recommendation 20: it will make abortion more accessible to women, especially for about 30% of women in regional and rural areas and up to 50% in remote areas without easy access to a GP authorised to prescribe the drugs. ‘Ending the Postcode Lottery’ contains 35 other recommendations which WEL is urging the Federal Government to implement. Extending contraception options and providing public hospital terminations, should be on the top of the list.
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