The Postal Abortion Pill Now Available in England
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“It was a vote for gender equality.”
In health news today, the amended UK Abortion Law 2022 has been tweaked to mean that women will be able to permanently order abortion pills through the post in England and Wales.
While this has been an option for the past two years, these measures were only implemented in March 2020 as a result of the UK’s lockdown and were not set to be permanent.
The postal option made abortion feasible from home instead of going to a clinic for abortion and accessible to many people across the UK who were isolated rather than going to a clinic to have an abortion, t
After fierce campaigning at the start of the year, lawmakers voted to permanently amend the Health and Social Care Bill and make abortion at home via the postal pill legal.
When the bill was passed, Louise McCuden, an MSI reproductive option advocate and public affairs consultant, shared: “We are delighted that lawmakers have voted to keep the option of at-home abortion care.”
“It was a vote for evidence over ideology, a vote for reproductive rights and a vote for gender equality.”
“Making this safe and popular service a permanent option will particularly benefit those who struggle to attend face-to-face appointments, including those in abusive relationships, those with caregiving responsibilities and those without transportation. Huh.”
“Everyone chooses abortion for different reasons and in different circumstances. It is important that we can offer alternatives that take individual circumstances into account – and that includes taking both pills at home.”
It is now thought that, since 2020 when the postal pill was introduced, more than 150,000 women in the UK have used it. Many have commended the government for taking steps towards more accessible healthcare.
Studies have indicated that the science behind the postal pill is overwhelmingly positive, along with assumptions about how effective they are, with a February 2021 study concluding that at-home abortion options are “effective, safe, acceptable”, further BMJ research is published. The Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Health found that 83% of patients said they would love to be able to receive medication via post.
Interestingly, further research has indicated that women are turning less to illegal measures, with 88 percent less demand for pills from illegal providers.
What do you think about the new law?