The Coronavirus Is Showing Up Gaps In Australia’s Abortion Access
Fiona had just survived a brutal bushfire season and moved into a small tin shed with her two toddlers and partner while they built their family home when the coronavirus outbreak hit.
“Then I found out I was pregnant,” Fiona — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — told BuzzFeed News. “That was a surprise.”
The last thing the 26-year-old Adelaide Hills mother needed was an unplanned pregnancy in the only Australian state where you can’t legally access medical abortion drugs over the phone.
The couple discussed their options and decided they wouldn’t continue the pregnancy. Fiona had no idea how or where to get an abortion in South Australia, but a friend of a friend told her about the Pregnancy Advisory Centre (PAC), the only facility in the state to provide consultations for abortion full-time.
She decided not to have a medical termination, for which she would have to travel to one of just a handful of hospitals in the state to see two doctors and get the two pills, because she was worried about recovering while living in the shed.
“I was told there could be quite a bit of bleeding and we don’t have a good bathroom, we’re …continued .