Stigma holding back GP’s from providing medical abortion care

Following South Australia being the latest Australian jurisdiction to formally decriminalize abortion two months ago, having an abortion became a healthcare issue rather than a criminal act. 

But although many celebrated the legislation passing, the stigma attached to having an abortion and providing abortion care remained. 

There are currently two options avaiable for women seeking abortion care, but only one provided medically in primary care settings. However, although it is accessible in such setting, there aren’t enough general practitioners providing medical abortion care.

Joined by Professor Kristen Black, an academic gynecologist at The University of Sydney, we talk about her article about abortion care and why there is stigma attached to GP’s wanting to provide the abortion care.

If you are a general practitioner and want to learn more about registering for medical abortion care, head to or call 1300 003 707. 

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