Coronavirus is making abortion access more difficult in the UK

Coronavirus is making abortion access more difficult in the UK

By Rachel Thompson
March 25, 2020

The UK is now under lockdown. Britons are only permitted to leave their homes for food, health reasons, or work (if it's not possible to be done from home) in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Abortion services in the UK are under considerable strain as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Women with severe health issues who've been advised to self-isolate say they're being forced to choose between risking their health by leaving their house and continuing with an unwanted pregnancy that could imperil their health, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

Continued: https://mashable.com/article/coronavirus-abortion-access-uk/


Self-managed abortions should be universally available

Self-managed abortions should be universally available

March 24, 2020
Sam Rowlands, Visiting Professor, Health and Social Science, Bournemouth University

A combination of feminist advocacy, new drugs and the internet is allowing people to safely end early pregnancies themselves when they choose to do so. People can manage abortions using medicines without face-to-face contact with doctors and nurses.

A service at a distance, supervised by a doctor, was first offered by Women on Web in 2005 for countries with no lawful access to medical abortion. Women Help Women offers similar help to women anywhere in the world. And in the US, Aid Access – a fairly new organisation – offers email support. (In the US, online help is increasingly used because access to abortion clinics has been reduced in the last few years.)

Continued: http://theconversation.com/self-managed-abortions-should-be-universally-available-132398


UK – Councillor calls for home abortions as appointments cancelled

Councillor calls for home abortions as appointments cancelled
A councillor is urging the NHS to allow women to access abortion services from home after appointments began to be cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

By Tom Dare | Birmingham | News
Mar 23, 2020

Speaking on behalf of one woman who had her abortion cancelled without an alternative date arranged, Birmingham Councillor Nicky Brennan says that it is a ‘human right’ for women to have access to such services.

And she has been supported in her campaign by Labour MP Jess Philips, who says that she intends to take the issue up with the Health Secretary in the coming days.

Continued: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/birmingham/2020/03/23/councillor-calls-for-home-abortions-as-appointments-cancelled/


UK- Coronavirus: Department of Health says temporary changes to abortion law were ‘published in error’

Coronavirus: Department of Health says temporary changes to abortion law were ‘published in error’
'This was published in error,' a spokesperson told The Independent

Sophie Gallagher
Mar 23, 2020

The Department of Health says reported changes to the abortion law, that would allow women to take both pills at home during the coronavirus outbreak, are not going ahead.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told The Independent: “This was published in error. There will be no changes to abortion regulations.”

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coronavirus-abortion-law-change-department-of-health-a9420116.html


USA – Coronavirus Is Endangering Abortion Access. Telemedicine Could Solve it.

Coronavirus Is Endangering Abortion Access. Telemedicine Could Solve it.
Almost 40% of abortions take place in the privacy of one's home. Why must pregnant women to go to the clinic at all?

By Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost US
03/20/20

Imagine you take a cruise in late February. When you get back to the U.S., you start to self-quarantine out of concern that you were exposed to coronavirus on the ship. Then you find out you are pregnant. You do not want to be. What do you do?

If you were in Canada, you could get a doctor to prescribe you what is colloquially known as the “abortion pill,” which you could pick up from your local pharmacy. Using medication abortion, women end their pregnancies by taking a combination of two drugs, usually spaced 24 hours apart, which essentially cause a miscarriage.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/medication-abortion-telemedicine_n_5e74ec23c5b6eab779472982?ri18n=true


USA – More People Are Starting to Prefer Managing Their Abortions on Their Own

More People Are Starting to Prefer Managing Their Abortions on Their Own
And it's not just because of restrictive state laws.

by Marie Solis
Oct 17 2019

People are turning to at-home abortion as state lawmakers attack reproductive rights and restrict clinic access across the United States, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday.

The findings are the result of a 10-month study of Women on Web, a website that prescribes and sells abortion pills abroad — not in the United States. But despite that caveat, the Netherlands-based doctor who runs the site, Rebecca Gomperts, says she has received requests from American women since she began operations in 2006.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k5yb/buying-abortion-pills-online-is-becoming-more-widespread


USA – Medical Abortions Have Changed Abortion Access — And They’re Available on the Internet

Medical Abortions Have Changed Abortion Access — And They’re Available on the Internet

April 23, 2019
by Catherine Trautwein

When Tami, a mother of three in her early 30s, found out she was pregnant, she began researching her options for an abortion. She discovered that there were only three remaining clinics in Louisiana, and the closest was hours from her home. And under state laws, Tami would need to make multiple trips: she would have to first receive an ultrasound and undergo counseling, then wait 24 hours before the actual procedure.

“I know what I want,” she said. “But the laws in the state make it so hard.” Instead, she turned to the internet.

Continued: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/self-managed-induced-medication-abortion/


Ireland – Masters of maternity hospitals express ‘major concerns’ over online abortion pills

Masters of maternity hospitals express 'major concerns' over online abortion pills

Monday, 21 May 2018
By Samantha Libreri

The Masters of two of Ireland's main maternity hospitals have said they have "major concerns" about women procuring abortion pills online to terminate their pregnancies.

Speaking at a joint press conference to call for a 'Yes' vote in Friday's referendum, Dr Rhona Mahony of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street and Professor Fergal Malone of the Rotunda Hospital expressed concerns about the health implications for women who take abortion pills.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/eighth-amendment/2018/0521/964995-eighth-amendment/


USA – “Whatever’s your darkest question, you can ask me.”

“Whatever’s your darkest question, you can ask me.”
A secret network of women is working outside the law and the medical establishment to provide safe, cheap home abortions.

March 28, 2018
By Lizzie Presser

On a winter morning, Anna* walked the aisles of an herbal-medicine store, picked up a bottle each of blue cohosh and black cohosh, along with a plastic bag of pennyroyal tea, and drove to the topless bar on the edge of town where she worked. There, she met Jules, another dancer. They performed on a small stage with crystal curtains, the green light of an ATM flashing on their left, until 9 p.m. The women, both in their 20s, then drove to the Motel 6 where Jules lived and entered her dim room on the second floor, which smelled of grape cigars. Anna pulled out the tinctures and tea and explained the plan. She was going to help Jules try to have an abortion.

Continued: https://story.californiasunday.com/abortion-providers


UK: Home abortions ‘could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists’

Home abortions 'could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists'

Feb 8, 2018

A midwife who campaigned for staff to opt out of abortion work fears plans for "at home" abortions could see a rise in objections from health staff.

Mary Doogan lost her fight to not be responsible for other colleagues involved in terminations. She thinks the plans to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home will implicate GPs and pharmacists.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42989711