BPAS welcomes the introduction of the NICE quality standards on abortion care. They are an important step towards ensuring all women are able to access to high-quality abortion services.
We agree with NICE that is it incredibly important that women are able to access abortion services as locally as possible, that all women can make informed choices about their treatment, and that women are able to access care as swiftly as possible, including those in vulnerable groups, such as those resident within prison and those experiencing domestic violence. Telemedical abortion care plays a crucial role in enabling providers such as BPAS to achieve this. In the first quarter of our Pills by Post service, waiting times fell by more than a half across BPAS. The introduction of telemedical abortion services allows us to provide safe and confidential care to women in coercive relationships who would have found it extremely difficult to access a clinic without their abusive partner discovering their pregnancy.
Innovation in abortion care has been held back for decades by our out-of-date abortion law. Telemedicine, which was introduced at the start of the pandemic to prevent transmission of COVID-19, is a safe, effective and accessible method for women seeking abortions. It is vital that we secure the future of the service. We are encouraging all those who support reproductive choice to respond to the public consultation to ensure women and girls across Great Britain can continue to access telemedical abortion service. Please take five minutes to respond to the consultations here.
For further information please contact BPAS on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07881 265276.
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 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/
BPAS will be launching a not-for-profit fertility service in 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.