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BPAS comment on support during abortion for fetal anomaly

Clare Murphy, Deputy Chief Executive at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, said:

“Women undergoing later medical termination for fetal anomaly need support at what can be an extremely challenging time, and we must do all we can to make sure they get this. We know even outside of the pandemic that women needing to end pregnancies because of a fetal anomaly can’t always access the abortion care they need at the hospital where they have been receiving antenatal care, and can sometimes feel stigmatised and isolated. Sadly the pandemic may have only heightened this. BPAS has worked closely with hospitals to develop a specialist pathway for women needing surgical abortion because of a fetal anomaly, and during the pandemic has been able to ensure partners can provide support in the vast majority of cases.”

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For further information please contact BPAS on press@bpas.org or 07788 725185

About BPAS

BPAS is a charity which sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. 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/

BPAS intends to launch a not-for-profit fertility service in Spring 2021, to provide ethical, evidence based, person-centred care that supports patients. We intend to only charge what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality, and accessible service to patients who may be unable to access NHS funded care.