Adelaide Now 10 Feb 2013
Women are buying abortion drug RU486 online and having abortions on their own at home because they cannot afford a doctor’s prescription or cannot get to a clinic.
The drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, has been controversial since 2006 when then-health minister Tony Abbott effectively banned it.
In 2009, a Queensland woman was charged with procuring her own abortion after she got RU486 from overseas relatives. Now it is available in Australia through some doctors and it is widely available on the internet.
Women getting it this way could be getting a corrupted version and be putting their health at risk, experts warn.