RU486 practically illegal

Right now, women in the Northern Territory don't have the same access to medical abortions as the rest of Australia. 

The restrictions placed on access to the pill RU486 (which can be used to terminate pregnancies of less than nine weeks), means that most Territorians facing an unwanted pregnancy have extremely limited (and often prohibitively expensive) options.

In the lead up to the election, new Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he would introduce a Bill to change the Territory's Medical Services Act so more women, especially those in remote communities, will have the option to access the medical abortion drug RU486.1

Can you help sign your support for the new Territory Government to fulfil this commitment, and introduce the changes in its first 100 days?


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The Northern Territory’s abortion laws haven’t been changed in 20 years.2 For women living in the Territory, terminating an unwanted pregnancy can be expensive and difficult to obtain.

A woman can only access a surgical termination after seven weeks’ gestation; and must be performed under a local or general anaesthetic, in a hospital. There are only three hospitals in the entire Territory that provide the procedure.3

That means many women wanting to terminate a pregnancy face multiple hours, or even days, of travel to reach Darwin or Alice Springs for the procedure. For women living in remote communities accessing reproductive healthcare can have huge travel costs associated, and require significant time off work, childcare and other arrangements in order to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.4


Australia's first female majority Government is on its way, Buzzfeed News, 29 August 2016. 

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It's time the Northern Territory updated its laws around RU486, allowing women the same access they have in other Australian jurisdictions.


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Anna , 3085  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:37:18 +1000
Belinda , 3030  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:15:13 +1000
"Women in the NT are entitled to the same reproductive options as women in the rest of Australia."
Danny , 5000  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:14:55 +1000
Sarah , 3056  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:08:24 +1000
"If I fell unexpectedly pregnant, I would want access to RU486."
Margaret , 0810  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:06:42 +1000
"Women in the NT have very limited access to terminations in any form, and RU486 would increase the access to terminations, as well as providing a non-surgical option. In addition the vast distances that women live in the NT make it even more important that RU486 is available. It is archaic that it was rejected."
Kate , 5006  /  signed 2015-08-12 14:03:11 +1000
Sandra , 3134  /  signed 2015-08-12 13:57:33 +1000
Andrea , 0810  /  signed 2015-08-12 13:55:48 +1000
Monica , 5070  /  signed 2015-08-12 13:39:54 +1000
Sara , 3095  /  signed 2015-08-12 13:37:26 +1000
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