Since government approval was granted for telemedicine abortion at home, less than half of all eligible women have chosen, or were offered, the option of pills by post. There are more women still visiting abortion clinics than those using telemedicine.
On March 30th, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 lockdown and the ensuing difficulties facing those needing to visit clinics, the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care approved the home of a pregnant woman as a place in which both medications for an early medical abortion could be taken. The purpose behind this approval was to remove the need for women to visit abortion clinics and thus avoid the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
Across England and Wales, in the three months April to June, of the 47,000 eligible for abortion at home (i.e. less than 10 weeks gestational age), 23,000 took advantage of this. 24,000 of those eligible made visits to a clinic before proceeding with their abortion.
So, just under 50% of those eligible chose and were prescribed pills-by-post, 43% of the total abortions in these three months.