Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, said:
"We were staggered by the reversal which we can only assume is a bureaucratic blunder which will soon be rectified. It simply makes no sense at all that as the Prime Minister was ordering people to stay in their homes last night the Department of Health was overturning a decision which would have enabled tens of thousands of women to access early abortion care lawfully at home, protecting their own health, that of their families, and that of the doctors, nurses and midwives who care for them. Women with heath conditions, those self-isolating or caring for poorly family members simply cannot leave their homes at the moment - we are being contacted by women in desperate circumstances, incredibly anxious about what they should do. We urge the Government to reinstate this safe and sensible policy as well as amend the law to enable one healthcare professional to authorise an abortion. The future of the UK’s abortion service and the health and well-being of many thousands of women with it depends on this."
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