Why are so few doctors prescribing mifepristone?

Professor Caroline de Costa has been subjected to a 12-year stream of anonymous hate mail and at one point needed police protection from a stalker who objected to her pro-choice abortion stance.

Such vitriolic opposition to medical and surgical termination of pregnancy is just one of the inter-related factors that together illustrate the piecemeal, poorly documented and often inaccessible abortion services in Australia.

Professor de Costa has little doubt, though, that fear is the most pressing factor preventing more GPs from