THE FACTS [2]

SAAAW and all our supporting organisations call on all South Australians to reject the proposed changes to Abortion Law in SA.

 These changes WILL:

  • legalise the distribution of early medical abortion(abortion pills/MS 2-Step) by other than only medical practitioners and open the way to telehealth/medicine [the diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology, including online] for rural and remotely located women

 FACT: This is in direct contradiction to the requirements outlined in the Product Information (PI) guidelines for this medication, stating that women are to be in close proximity to fully equipped emergency health services when using these drugs.

 FACT: This is in total disregard of the official position of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods)

Why is this dangerous for women?

FACT: Medical abortion pills were responsible for 142 of the total 173 complications caused abortions according to the latest Pregnancy

Outcomes in South Australia report, with almost a 1 in 10 risk of complication rate (9.8%).

SA statistics reveal the risks and validate the need for adhering to the clearly stated medical guidelines.

 Further information available by visiting the following links;

‘Pregnancy Outcomes SA 2016’ [specifically pages 45-53]

 Medical Abortion Fact Sheet

 As with other rural or remote medical conditions/treatments, women could be provided with transport to and from Adelaide and when necessary, accommodation could be provided whilst undergoing treatment or follow up (eg as for cancer patients).

Both surgical and medical abortions should remain regulated for the best health care and well-being of women.

Women deserve support and the best medical care.

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