“There are areas where there’s not a single prescriber or any type of medication and there’s no surgical or hospital options for people,” Ms Kelleher said.
The legislation aims to address these issues by empowering nurses and midwives to provide essential services.
“People from regional and remote areas travel on average 200km to access a termination of pregnancy and we just don’t think that’s suitable.”
Under the legislation, doctors will remain the sole practitioners authorised to perform surgical abortions and medical terminations for gestations nine weeks and above.
Notably, the amendments also aim to ensure inclusivity by changing references from “woman”, to “person”, allowing all pregnant individuals, including those who are transgender or gender-diverse, to access medical terminations.
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