Despite an increase in unplanned pregnancies in Thailand, safe access to legal abortion has diminished amidst the pandemic. The groups believe tele-medicine could be a solution especially for women in remote areas.
On Friday May 15, choose network Thailand, 55 other civil society organizations and 559 petitioners handed in a letter to the Department of Health, to demand for measures to ensure women can access safe abortions during the pandemic and in the future.
In a country where safe and legal abortions are available — most women with unplanned pregnancies resort to unsafe procedures due to many reasons including social stigma, lack of information and access to safe facilities.
In the face of the pandemic, the gap in accessibility has worsened despite an apparent increase in unplanned pregnancies. What’s more, is that many have resorted to buying online medicine from unreliable drug sellers.
The pro-choice group believe tele-medicine may be a way out especially for Thai women living in remote, rural provinces.
They proposed sending the abortion pill by mail and on-line counselling before and after the use for women with pregnancies under 12 weeks.
Nowadays, medication abortions or abortion pills are considered very safe and effective even when women take it on their own with minimal clinical supervision.
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