UK – Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public

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Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?

19/04/2018
By Rachel Moss

Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.

As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-are-risking-miscarrying-in-public-because-at-home-abortion-pills-are-illegal_uk_5ad7059ce4b0e4d0715b7bf0

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This Is Why Women In England Can’t Take Abortion Pills At Home

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This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.

by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018

Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.

When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).

continued: https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/politics/buy-abortion-pills-abortion-at-home/

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UK – Women must be allowed to take abortion pills at home – anything else is a double standard

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Women must be allowed to take abortion pills at home - anything else is a double standard

29 March 2018

“I was counting down the seconds until I arrived home. I collapsed almost as soon as I got inside.”

Claudia almost miscarried in a taxi on the way back from an abortion clinic. Hers is just one story among thousands from women in Britain, all because of rules that are 50 years old.

Now, the Women's Equality Party (WEP), of which I am leader, is asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to bring vital healthcare provision for women up to date - with no change to the law necessary.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/women-must-allowed-take-abortion-pills-home-anything-else/

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UK: Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

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Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

Alexandra Richards
Jan 3, 2018

Abortion clinics will have to publicly display an official rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The Department of Health is extending the CQC’s current rating system to include a new group of health services.

All healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will now be rated by the commission and awarded marks which they will have to display on their websites or on their premises.

Continued at source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/abortion-clinics-will-have-to-display-official-rating-from-care-quality-commission-a3730711.html

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UK: Remove risk of prison for having an abortion, medics’ group urges Jeremy Hunt

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Remove risk of prison for having an abortion, medics’ group urges Jeremy Hunt
Kat Lay, Health Correspondent
November 23 2017

An influential medics’ group will begin lobbying the government to decriminalise abortion, after a vote by its council today.

The decision, by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), will put pressure on Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, to permit women in England to take termination drugs at home, as they can in Scotland.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/remove-risk-of-prison-for-having-an-abortion-medics-group-urges-jeremy-hunt-health-secretary-faculty-of-sexual-and-reproductive-healthcare-fjqj7g0cn

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UK: Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

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Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the 'lottery of poor practice'
By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
14th September 2017

A health watchdog has been given new powers to clampdown on shoddy care.

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the “lottery of poor practice”.

Investigators last year uncovered 2,600 examples of poor practice at Marie Stopes International.

Continued at source: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4461375/abortion-clinics-set-to-face-ofsted-style-inspections-and-be-rated-after-a-string-of-scandals/

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UK: Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

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Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

Conservative MPs are expected to be whipped to vote against free terminations – despite abortion issues being a 'matter of conscience'

Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor
Tuesday 27 June 2017

Theresa May is being challenged to give Conservative MPs a free vote on scrapping charges for Northern Irish women forced to travel to Britain for an abortion.

Scores of MPs will try to secure free NHS terminations for many hundreds of women who make the journey every year – typically paying £1,400 for a private operation – in a showdown vote expected on Thursday.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-tory-mp-free-vote-northern-ireland-women-abortions-forced-travel-britain-uk-supreme-a7810981.html

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

The mother and daughter took the case against UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who conceded that he had the power to make provisions for Northern Ireland residents to access free NHS abortions in England.

Continued at link:BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40271763

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Northern Ireland woman takes NHS to court over abortion law

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Teenager is taking NHS to supreme court over its refusal to fund abortions for woman from Northern Ireland

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent, The Guardian

Wednesday 2 November 2016 07.00 GMT

A Northern Irish teenager who as a fifteen year old had to go to England to terminate a pregnancy, is challenging the NHS’s refusal to fund abortions for women from the region in the supreme court on Wednesday.

The health service has so far refused to pay for abortions for women from Northern Ireland who travel to England for terminations.

The girl, identified as “A”, and her mother are appealing to the supreme court to force the NHS to fund abortions. Their lawyers have described the refusal to financially help women from Northern Ireland who are in crisis pregnancies as “perverse and unlawful”.

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Source: The Guardian

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