6 October 2015

News that Australian Medical Association’s Northern Territory president Dr Robert Parker will never support access to the abortion drug RU486 over the phone should cause Health Minister Susan Ley to immediately review this practice.

Dr Parker raised concerns that the drug was potentially lethal when news broke of the Tabbot Foundation’s service to allow women to seek early medical abortions by phone.

Australian Christian Lobby spokesperson on women’s issues, Wendy Francis, said the Minister should investigate the safety of the Tabbot Foundation’s activities.

Dr Parker is not alone in his concern. Pro-abortion former head of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Pesce, also seems to urge caution in his comments to the ABC on this matter.

“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.

In 2012, the Therapeutic Good 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.

The Australian proposal to launch over-the-phone sales of a pill for killing unborn babies comes at a time when the abortion industry in the US is under pressure.

The activities of global abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, are the subject of a Congressional investigation due to the baby-parts-for-sale scandal.

Ms Francis, said that apart from the ethics of taking a human life, clearly this drug is not safe for women and is not a choice that should be encouraged, let alone offered for sale over the phone.

"Women facing unsupported pregnancy should be offered real choices by our society, not a dangerous chemical, over the phone, to poison their unborn child."