In this briefing, Dr Milne outlines the need for telemedical abortion to continue to be available for women to prevent an increase in women experiencing "crisis" pregnancies.
In March 2020, the Department for Health and Social Care approved two temporary measures in England to ensure continued access to early medical abortion services whilst limiting the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19):
Evidence suggests that this temporary measure, known as “telemedical abortion”, is safe and has reduced harm to women by widening access to early medical abortion services, so preventing more women from experiencing “crisis pregnancies".
This briefing draws on research from Durham University, which suggests that discontinuing telemedical abortion would have a detrimental effect on a woman’s ability to access early medical abortions, thus increase the number of women who experience “crisis pregnancies". Research also concludes that continued provision of telemedical abortion services will not result in more women illegally accessing abortion to end a late-term pregnancy.
Published: February 2022
Find out more about why removal of telemedical abortion, thus requiring vulnerable women to attend appointments in clinics, will not prevent crisis pregnancies, nor safeguard children.
Watch Dr Milne talk about telemedical abortion and why continuation of its availability for women is important.