Most of the women they interviewed for their research had travelled between one and nine hours one way in order to reach an abortion clinic, with many also requiring overnight accommodation. Country towns often have local general practitioners, but their research found female doctors to be in short supply, which made many abortion-seeking women uncomfortable. It was also typical for rural GPs to be conservative, with the influence of religion on their practice palpable.Another patient they spoke to, Clara (not her real name), who had also experienced a prior abortion as a city-dweller, described the experiences as “chalk and cheese”. She was “gobsmacked” she had to travel to another state from the country to terminate her pregnancy, and felt “isolated and horrible driving over the border.”

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