TWO STORIES: in Queensland, a prisoner with mental health problems and a high risk pregnancy has been refused an abortion. In New South Wales, a woman is convicted after taking abortion pills
Aiken and colleagues analysed self-reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receipt and use of mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy (among a total of 1,636 who were sent these drugs, 158 of whom confirmed not using the drugs). The women lived in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world.
As in other post-Soviet settings, induced abortion has been widely used in Armenia. The potential for under-reporting is particularly high for sex selective abortions, for which there is growing public backlash, and medical abortion, a practice that is typically self-administered outside any professional supervision. Possible under-reporting of induced abortion calls for refinement of both abortion registration and relevant survey instruments.
Despite having five of its districts on the list of the top ten districts in Nepal in terms of public health facilities, the far-west region still shows a very high number of illegal abortions, and the number appears to be on the rise in all districts of the region.