Improving Access to Abortion in Georgia

  Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – Tanadgoma

In Georgia, 3 visits to a health facility are required to have an abortion: an initial consultation; a second visit after a minimum five-day waiting period for the abortion procedure or prescription of medical abortion pills; and a follow-up visit to confirm the abortion was successful. This creates unnecessary barriers for women seeking abortion, especially those living in rural areas. The team will address this challenge by implementing and testing a simplified one-visit service delivery model. Through this model, women only require one visit to a health facility for pregnancy diagnosis and counselling. Five days later, the health provider will distantly get confirmation from the patient, then mail medical abortion pills and two multi-level urine pregnancy tests to the patient, so that the medical abortion can be self-administered, and the success can be confirmed without an in-person assessment.