NORTHERN IRELAND – Abortion by telemedicine in Northern Ireland: patients and professional rights across borders

  by Tamara Hervey, Sally Sheldon Northern Ireland Law Quarterly, Spring 2017;68(1):1-33  Open access Abstract The uneasy legal and political settlement regarding abortion in Northern Ireland has long relied on the outsourcing of aspects of reproductive health care. While local health services offer only highly restricted access to termination procedures, women travel to access abortion services elsewhere. However, technological changes, in particular the development of abortifacient medicines, are revolutionising this aspect of reproductive healthcare. Rather … Continued

TASMANIA – Clinic providing fewer and fewer surgical abortions closes down and offers only medical abortion via telemedicine

In Tasmania, Australia, Dr Paul Hyland had been the main provider of surgical abortion for the past 17 years. But the increased demand for medical terminations over surgery, as well as the costs associated with running a clinic, were why he didn’t renew the lease at his clinic in Hobart this year. “In the year 2000, when we set up shop, there were 25 to 30 surgical terminations of pregnancy a week,” he told BuzzFeed … Continued

Experiences and characteristics of women seeking and completing at-home medical termination of pregnancy through online telemedicine in Ireland and Northern Ireland: a population-based analysis

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Women requesting TOP were diverse with respect to age, pregnancy circumstances and reasons for seeking TOP. Among those completing TOP, 97% felt they made the right choice and 98% would recommend it to others in a similar situation. Women commonly reported serious mental stress caused by their pregnancies and their inability to afford travel abroad to access TOP.

Australia: Tabbot Foundation provides first 1,000 safe abortions by phone and doctors call for country GPs to be ‘one-stop shop’ abortion providers

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Two strories: The Tabbot Foundation safely provided their first 1,000 medical abortions through their telephone abortion service on 9 August, just 300 days after their launch. And, access to medical abortion pills is limited in Australia by the fact that relatively few general practitioners (GPs) offer the service, and some young women, particularly in rural areas, are still not even aware they may use the pills instead of having a surgical abortion.

Telemedicine abortion care a boon for rural patients in Alaska and : All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Indiana

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Two stories: Patients are seen sooner and closer to home in clinics where medical abortion pills are offered through a video-conferencing system.The Oakland-based organization opened All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, a Bloomington, Indiana drop-in center that offers adoption information, abortion referrals, and parenting support.

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