Australia’s largest abortion provider says its supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for carrying out surgical abortions will only last two more weeks after a number of orders from private personal protective equipment (PPE) providers were cancelled or refused in the coronavirus pandemic.
In one instance, a private company cancelled an order from Marie Stopes Australia (MSA) on the basis it was reserving supplies for “health professionals”.
The Australian government has also refused to supply MSA with PPE and instead suggested the organisation go to Chemist Warehouse to try and source masks.
MSA delivers around 50,000 sexual and reproductive health services annually, including abortions, vasectomies and appointments where people can access contraception. The organisation has tried for five weeks to order essential PPE.
“Many PPE suppliers do not consider abortion to be healthcare,” the organisation’s chief executive Jamal Hakim told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.
“Today a large supplier has cancelled our paid and outstanding order and told us that other healthcare professionals are a greater priority. Over the past month, private suppliers have either refused to take orders or cancelled orders from MSA.”
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Editors note. This post was written by Gina Rushton. Originally posted at Buzzfeed News. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen.
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