Medical abortion: it is time to lift restrictions

Caroline M de Costa, Kirsten I Black and Darren B Russell
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50060
Published online: 1 April 2019

Lifting the special drug status applied to medical abortion medications will enable equitable access

In 2016, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (a collection of human rights experts tasked with interpreting these rights), in its groundbreaking interpretation of the right to sexual and reproductive health, asserted that abortion services are an integral part of the right to health.1

  • 1 James Cook University, Cairns, QLD
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 4 Cairns Sexual Health Service, Cairns, QLD



We thank Philip Goldstone for his assistance in the preparation of this article.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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