1 October 2015

The Tabbot Foundation’s revelations that it can’t keep up with demand for its over-the-phone service prescribing the abortion drug, raises concerns about women’s health and that of unborn babies.

The Australian Christian Lobby today renewed its call for Health Minister Susan Ley to intervene to stop over-the-phone prescriptions on the grounds the drug poses a risk to women’s health.

“It also poisons unborn babies to death,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.

In 2012, the Therapeutic Goods Administration told the Senate that of 832 women who took the drug since 2006, 599 required surgery to remove the poisoned unborn baby after it failed to produce a miscarriage.

Mr Shelton said even the pro-abortion former head of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Pesce seemed to be urging caution in comments to the ABC this week.

"About 10 to 20 per cent of women who have a medical abortion using mifepristone will not completely miscarry and require a subsequent surgical procedure.

"The last thing I want to see is women who've taken this pill end up with pain and bleeding and end up in an ED department in a busy hospital on a Saturday night needing to take several hours to get through a busy system which isn't part of an integrated care plan", Dr Pesce said.

“There are known problems with this drug, I can’t imagine why this was approved for use in the first place let alone being available over the phone without a doctor’s consultation,” Mr Shelton said.

“While an unsupported pregnancy is an uncertain time for many women, talking to someone selling a potentially dangerous drug over the phone was no way to make a life-defining choice. Abortion is in the spotlight in the US due to the Planned Parenthood baby-parts-for-sale scandal, yet the industry here has gone completely the other way and launched over-the-phone sales of a pill for killing unborn babies.”

Mr Shelton was also concerned that many women report being pressured into abortion by male partners who do not want the responsibility of raising their child.

“Is it possible a male could be holding the phone to the ear of a woman, coercing her outside the privacy of a doctor’s surgery, into terminating the life of his child?”