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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 78913, tabled on 22 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to review the effectiveness of the temporary approval of home use for both stages of early medical abortion.

Answered on

1 September 2020

The Department is carefully monitoring the impact of and compliance with the temporary approval of home administration of both sets of abortion medication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials have regular meetings with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Care Quality Commission and abortion service providers.

The Government has committed to undertake a public consultation on making permanent the COVID-19 measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation for all eligible women. The current COVID-19 measure will be kept in place until the public consultation concludes and a decision has been made.

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