London, England, Mar 30, 2022 / 14:45 pm
Members of the U.K. parliament voted Wednesday to make permanent a policy adopted during the coronavirus pandemic that allows women to self-administer both doses of abortion drugs at home, without visiting a medical clinic.
The March 30 House of Commons vote on an amendment to the Health and Care Bill 2021 was 215 to 188.
“The group of MPs who have voted for this amendment have voted to remove vital safeguards including an in-person appointment with a medical professional. This will put thousands more women at risk from ‘DIY’ home abortion services,” Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for Right to Life UK, commented.
“By removing a routine in-person consultation that allows medical practitioners to certify gestation and recognise potential coercion or abuse, ‘at-home’ abortion has presented serious risks to women and girls in abusive situations. It has allowed severe complications to occur, as well as abortions beyond the legal limit, as abortion providers currently cannot ensure the pills are taken by the intended individual within the appropriate time frame,” she added.