High costs for private hospitals and overburdened public health services in Hong Kong are being blamed for women turning to the black market or backstreet clinics on the mainland for abortion help. Local lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun, who represents the social welfare sector in the Legislative Council, condemned this as a huge “class problem” when she spoke to South China Morning Post after two women were jailed for carrying out illegal abortions as a result … Continued
Medical and surgical abortions are available in all Australian states and territories. Medical abortion is only permitted up to nine weeks gestation. In Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, medical abortions can take place at home or in a clinic, but the pills must be prescribed by a licensed doctor. Telemedicine services providing medical abortion pills have been available in these states and territory since 2015. In the … Continued
Zambia has one of the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa. However, rates of unsafe abortion remain high with negative health and economic consequences. Little is known about the economic burden on women of abortion care-seeking in low income countries. This study demonstrates that despite liberal legislation, Zambia still needs better dissemination of the law to women and providers and resources to ensure abortion service access.