Permanent Access To At-Home Abortions To Be Granted In England And Wales
Women in England and Wales will be able to permanently access early medical abortions at home from next week after ministers were forced to abandon plans to scrap the “pills by post” service.
The move will benefit thousands of women who wish to take the tablets needed to end a pregnancy in the privacy of their own home, rather than having to take the first pill at a clinic or hospital.
The temporary measure was initially introduced during the early stages of the Covid pandemic in 2020 so that women could access treatment after a phone or online consultation instead of visiting a clinic.
Medical abortion involves taking two different medicines to end pregnancy. The pills have to be taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, but, before the pandemic, only the second set of pills could be taken at home.