Early medical abortion (EMA)

Abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure.

In Victoria, the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 allows for the provision of abortion on request for a woman up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion after 24 weeks is legal but is not common.

Data from 1800 My Options indicates the majority of requests for information about abortion services are from women with a pregnancy less than nine weeks.

Early medical abortion (EMA) refers to the administration of medications to end a pregnancy. EMA is a safe, effective and acceptable option for women. EMA can be provided in primary care settings, such as GP or community health clinics, with the appropriate support mechanisms in place.

This information is for medical practitioners interested in becoming EMA providers.

The Women’s is committed to increasing access to abortion services by building the clinical capacity and expertise of other hospitals, health services and the primary care sector to provide abortion and contraception services. This is critical to ensure that women can access abortion services that are safe, timely and close to their home and social support networks. Read the Women’s abortion position statement.

1800 My Options                   

1800 My Options is a statewide, independent database of sexual and reproductive health providers. The service draws on a geo-mapped database of private and publicly registered providers. 1800 My Options can help both health practitioners and users find a service that best suits their needs. EMA providers can have their service listed.


The clinical information and Clinical Guidelines available on this Website are intended to provide guidance to health care professionals, based on a thorough evaluation of research evidence, on the practical assessment and management of specific clinical issues or situations. The Guidelines allow some flexibility on the part of the health care professional based on the needs of the specific patient for whom they are caring. Whilst appreciable care has been taken in the preparation of Clinical Guidelines, the Women's provides these as a service only and does not warrant the accuracy of these Guidelines. Any representation implied or expressed concerning the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any treatment or product is expressly negated. In view of the possibility of human error and / or advances in medical knowledge, the Women's cannot and does not warrant that the information contained in the Guidelines is in every respect accurate or complete. Accordingly, the Women's will not be held responsible or liable for any errors or omissions that may be found in any of the information on this Website. You are encouraged to consult other sources in order to confirm the information contained in any of the Guidelines and, in the event that medical treatment is required, to take professional, expert advice from a legally qualified and appropriately experienced medical practitioner. For practitioners outside the Women’s this material is made available in good faith as a resource for use by health professionals to draw on in developing their own protocols, guided by published medical evidence. In doing so, practitioners should themselves be familiar with the literature and make their own interpretations of it. NOTE: Care should be taken when printing any Clinical Guideline from this Website. Updates to these guidelines will take place as necessary. It is therefore advised that regular visits to this Website will be needed to access the most current version of these guidelines.