Abortion: Telemedicine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations his Department consulted on ending early medical abortion at home; and what assessment his Department has made of the level of support that decision has among domestic abuse organisations.

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

Officials have regular meetings with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Care Quality Commission and abortion service providers where the impact of the approval of home administration of abortion medication is discussed.

We have assessed the level of support from domestic abuse organisations through the responses received to the Government’s consultation. Domestic abuse was raised as an issue on all sides of the public consultation. We will work with those in the violence against women and girls sector, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, professional bodies such as the Royal Colleges and safeguarding leads, to monitor the impacts of home-use.

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