31 countries, including Poland, are clearing stating that abortion law is a sovereign matter; the United Nations and international organisations can lobby and campaign for abortion policy change but do not have the right to provide or enable the provision of illegal abortion services. Abortion law This week, Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled that abortion for … Continue reading Abortion in Poland
First published by Christian Concern on its website, on October 13th, 2020. A key finding from our mystery client survey is that both BPAS and Marie Stopes UK operate as if abortion is legal by choice in Great Britain. A woman simply has to ask for one and can provide any reason for choosing her termination … Continue reading Abortion is legal by choice?
Over many years, there has been a slow, steady increase in the proportion of abortions which occur at lower gestational age. The percentage of abortions at <10 weeks in 2009 was 75% and this had risen to 82% by 2019. Data released by the Department of Health and Social Care show these data in more … Continue reading Trend towards earlier gestational ages
Over many years, there has been a trend towards the preferred use of medication for abortions across England and Wales. DHSC data show that in 2008 the method mix for abortion was 62% surgical and 37% medical. In 2013-14, the proportional use of each method is equal, and since then medical abortion has been the … Continue reading Trend towards medical abortion
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. Across … Continue reading Only half of those eligible, chose pills by post
In the first six months of 2020, across England and Wales, 52 official forms of notification (HSA4) were submitted by abortion practitioners to the DHSC, certifying medical abortions at home in which the gestational age was recorded at more than the legal permitted limit of 10 weeks. Written answer by DHSC to Freedom of Information … Continue reading DHSC Reveals 52 Illegal Abortions at Home
UPDATE on October 8th, 2020: "Since the 1 April the Department has not been notified of any maternal deaths relating to abortion. The Department is aware of reports of two women who died after seeking abortion treatment earlier this year. Both sought care before the temporary approval came into force on 30 March and physically … Continue reading Escalating Risk Around Pills by Post
In the UK, providers of abortion services must comply with the Required Standard Operating Procedures (“the RSOPs”) set out in this document issued by the Department of Health and Social Care. RSOP12 details the information which must be provided to the woman, and how. This starts as follows: Women must be given impartial, accurate and evidence-based … Continue reading RSOP12: Information for Women