The Democrats, specifically their leader senator Lyn Allison is not alone in her request to have Mifepristone made available to Australian women outside the current arrangement which involves a direct request to the Health Minister Tony "too many abortions" Abbott.
Respected obstetrician Professor Caroline de Costa of James Cook University has come out in support of the proposal saying that legalising the drug would overcome the inequities Australian women faced in getting abortions.
"For many women the privacy and relative lack of invasion compared to a surgical abortion is something they appreciate. It is critical for many women in rural areas and women in some ethnic groups whose access to surgical abortion is limited."
Mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, is a synthetic steroid that can be used to bring on a miscarriage when taken in conjunction with prostaglandins, hormone-like substances, until about the ninth week of pregnancy. Whereas surgical abortion involves a general anaesthetic and a stay in hospital, with mifepristone women can take the pill and recover in their homes.
Two men are standing squarely in the way of choice for thousands of women. They are senator Ron Boswell (Nationals) and senator Steve Fielding (Family First).
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