Clare Murphy, Chief Executive of BPAS, said:
"Telemedical early abortion care is supported by medical bodies including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, women's rights groups, and - as this polling makes clear - the majority of the public, across all political party allegiances.
"There is a vast body of clinical evidence that telemedical abortion care is safe, effective, and woman-centred. The ability to provide at-home early medical abortion treatment has led to shorter waiting times and a reduced rate of complications due to women being able to end pregnancies at the earliest possible gestation. The ability to access abortion care from home has also been incredibly important for women in violent or coercive relationships, as they do not need to attend a clinic for treatment and, in doing so, risk their abuser discovering their pregnancy.
"We must be clear - revoking access the telemedical abortion would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of women in need of abortion care. On the eve of Conservative Party Conference, the government has an opportunity to demonstrate that they are listening to the medical experts and that they are listening to women. We urge them to do so."
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BPAS is a charity that sees over 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception at clinics across Great Britain. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/
Later in 2021, BPAS will launch England's first not-for-profit fertility service, to provide ethical, evidence-based, person-centred care that supports patients. We will provide a safe, high-quality, and accessible service, without profiteering from patients. Our service will give those ineligible for NHS funding an affordable option to access the care they need.