Tony Abbott’s pregnancy counselling service a failure

One of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's earliest pet projects has floundered, with his controversial Medicare-funded pregnancy counselling service shunned by both health professionals and patients, new research shows.

The $50m plan, introduced in 2006 when Mr Abbott (pictured) was health minister, was designed to curb abortion rates by offering Medicare rebates for pregnancy counselling and pro-life counselling hotlines.

However, the services have been largely unused, a