Abortion: Domestic Abuse

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 9 November 2021.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of home use of both pills for early medical abortions on women in abusive domestic situations, who may not otherwise have been able to access abortion care.

Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the home use of both pills for early medical abortions on disabled women, who may have different access needs which affect their capacity to visit hospitals and clinics in person or must forgo privacy in order to attend appointments or access clinic premises.

Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the home use of both pills for early medical abortions on women from socially disadvantaged areas who may face challenges in accessing in-clinic appointments as a result of costs, including childcare and transport.

Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the home use of both pills for early medical abortions on women living in rural areas who may have to travel long distances to access in-clinic care.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are considering all evidence submitted to the Government’s public consultation on whether to make permanent the temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation for all eligible women. The consultation asked questions relating to the impact on the provision of abortion services for women and girls accessing these services with particular regard to safety, accessibility, including travel constraints and health outcomes experienced by different socioeconomic groups. We will publish our response in due course.

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