Abortion: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th July 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that abortion pills to be taken at home are taken by the intended recipient.

Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that women who take abortion pills at home have not been coerced.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 30 June 2020

During a consultation prior to treatment commencing, women are clearly informed that medical abortion is a two-stage process which requires the administration of Mifepristone followed by Misoprostol to successfully complete the procedure.

Safeguarding is an essential component of abortion services, and individual providers must ensure that all staff are trained in recognising signs of potential abuse and know how to respond in accordance with Required Standard Operating Procedure 7 and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidance.

Abuse of the temporary measures by the passing on or selling of abortion pills remains unlawful and subject to criminal sanctions.

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