Responding to the news that now, women in England are able to take the second dose of medication needed for Early Medical Abortion at home, Chair of Abortion Rights Kerry Abel said;
“This means women will soon be spared having miscarriages outside in the street, on public transport or in the back of Ubers. Women in England who have access to legal abortions have been seeking abortion pills illegally to take at home to avoid being faced with this unsafe and humiliating situation when travelling back from a clinic or hospital. This WHO endorsed, evidence-based decision is the most compassionate way to help women having an Early Medical abortion by putting them first and ensuring their safety and comfort throughout this process.
“It has taken far too long for England to implement this, following Scotland and Wales who changed their policies earlier in the year, but I’m glad the decision to support women and allow them to make the humane choice has been put in place.
“Whilst this change will prevent the discomfort and humiliation of thousands of women in England in the future, Women in Northern Ireland are still facing the draconian law of the 1861 Offences Against The Person Act, with the prospect of going to prison for having an illegal abortion. This inhumane Victorian treatment of women forces them to make the costly decision to travel to the UK to have an abortion or to seek unsafe and illegal abortions, putting their lives liberty at risk. We must fight to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland, repeal sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against a Person act and provide ALL women with access to free, safe and legal abortions now.”