11 Mar 2009

Family Planning wants to provide non-surgical abortions

3:28 pm on 11 March 2009

The Family Planning Council wants to provide non-surgical abortions for women in the first nine weeks of pregnancy.

The council has been preparing an application to the Abortion Supervisory Committee for a licence to do so at its Hamilton branch. It hopes all 30 of its clinics will eventually offer it.

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond says the council has never provided abortion services before, but it is concerned they are so hard for women to access.

She says the early non-surgical method involves two doses of medication that trigger a miscarriage, which many women find less invasive.

Ms Edmond says putting the application together will take up to three months, but she is optimistic it will be granted.