I have been contacted by many constituents about abortion care during coronavirus. I have carefully considered the points raised regarding this important issue.
The recent temporary amendment to rules surrounding abortion is in response to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 and is not designed to be a permanent change to the Abortion Act 1967 and subsequent guidance. The temporary guidelines that have been issued will enable women to take both Mifepristone and Misoprostol at home for the duration of the outbreak, so that they do not have to visit a medical practice and risk exposure to the coronavirus. The legislation was agreed between the Government and opposition parties.
It is important to note that there must be a telephone or e-consultation with a clinician before the pills can be prescribed, and that prescription must be carried out in accordance with the corresponding guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care, which can be found here:
Public safety and continued access to key services is the Government’s priority during this difficult period. The change in practice will last only as long as the temporary provisions enacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020, and will protect women seeking care.