Mifepristone is used together with another pill, misoprostol, in medication abortions.
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Mifepristone’s safety in medication abortions has been well established over more than two decades, but legal wrangling leaves the future of the drug hanging in the balance.
The rule change has little to no effect in states where abortion is banned or restricted.
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The FDA’s allowance for pharmacies to dispense mifepristone will broaden access to the two-pill mifepristone-misoprostol regimen of medication abortion, which is 95% to 98% effective.
Abortion-rights activists draw on the sidewalk in Washington on June 24 following U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade ending constitutional protection for abortion.
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There will no doubt be escalating rhetoric from anti-choice politicians in the wake of the fall of Roe v Wade. An abortion care provider says now is the time to improve abortion access in Canada.
Anti-abortion protesters use bullhorns to counter abortion rights advocates outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022.
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25 states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make it an uncertain refuge for people seeking abortions elsewhere.
A women cries while kneeling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2022.
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A draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito suggests that a majority of the court may overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion in the US.
A key change in abortion care during the pandemic was that many providers offered some or all services via telemedicine.
Pandemic-related travel restrictions and facility closures initially jeopardized access to abortions, but the pandemic has also become a catalyst for more accessible ways to deliver abortion care.
The pandemic has demonstrated the need for self-managed medical abortions carried out at home.
English and Welsh governments are consulting the public about whether they should revoke temporary abortion rules.
Australian women can have an early medical termination – which involves taking two oral medications – up to the ninth week of pregnancy.
Access to early medical abortion is an important part of women’s sexual and reproductive health care. Yet often country GPs don’t offer this service.
Protestors on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 9, 2019.
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Election news coverage of party positions on abortion may confuse the public about the reality and legality of access in Canada.
Demand for midwifery services across Canada is now much greater than midwives can currently provide.
The benefits of midwifery for women and babies globally are clear. In Canada, innovations in midwifery centres and services are tempered by low pay and high rates of burnout.
Women in Mexico City carry a banner reading “Legal and safe abortion across Mexico” during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2018).
While the abortion debate continues worldwide, even in countries where it has long been legal, new drugs and telemedicine services could provide access to safe abortion beyond borders and laws.
Is Richard Di Natale correct in saying that Tasmanian women aren’t getting access safe termination services?
In Hobart supporting the Tasmanian Greens ahead of the state election, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said ‘in one of our states, women are not getting access to safe terminations’. Is that correct?
The Northern Irish party were horrified at the suggestion that Brexit might mean different customs rules. But when it comes to women’s rights, it’s a different story.
The long road to abortion reform in the NT has been made possible by community campaigns, and gender parity in the lower house.
Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
Data will allow us to monitor the quality, safety and access to abortion across the country.
Medical abortions will finally be easily available to Australian women when the drug RU486 (mifepristone and misoprostol) is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from August 1, 2013. But…
Women all over the Western world, such as these protestors in Paris in1972, have had to fight for abortion rights.
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)), which found that Texas State law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional. The landmark decision…
Indian activists protest the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion in Ireland and subsequently died of blood poisoning.
Recently, 31 year-old Savita Halappanavar died in the University Hospital Galway, Ireland, from complications that arose after being denied a timely abortion. Her tragic and highly publicised death has…
The notion that Abbott knows better than to attack abortion ignores his attempts to do so through Medicare.
As the dust from the allegations of sexism settles over the parliament, it’s time to clarify, once and for all, Tony Abbott’s actions on abortion. In his recent Quarterly Essay and in numerous interviews…
A much wider group of Australian women will be able to choose a medical rather than surgical procedure.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) finally included the abortifacient Mifepristone (also referred to as RU486) on the Australia Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) in August 2012 – after nearly…