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Our guide to the England home abortions consultation

The Government is currently consulting on whether to make the recent temporary changes in the law to permit so-called ‘home abortion’ provision (introduced in order to minimize hospital/clinic visits during the pandemic) a permanent arrangement in England after the pandemic has concluded.

The deadline for responses is 11:59pm Friday 26 February.

Why is this con­sulta­tion important?

This consultation is not about the big ethical questions about abortion provision in general. Nevertheless, this is an important consultation to which we would urge you to respond because it will determine how abortions are provided for many years to come.

Any decision to make abortion via telemedicine permanent would be deeply concerning for at least two reasons:

  • First, provision of abortion without an in-person appointment significantly alters the environment in which women make life-changing decisions about their pregnancies and the future of their unborn child. Abortion providers have described this change as ‘revolutionary’, saying this is one of the biggest changes to abortion law since the Abortion Act passed in 1967, which has significantly streamlined the way they can provide abortions. We believe both women and unborn children are of immense value, and women should not be making these decisions, alone, at the end of a phone call.
  • Second, the continuation of telemedicine abortion brings with it not insignificant health and safety risks for women. Abortion by telemedicine, as the following makes clear, denies appropriate protection and care for women.

Read more about the background to this consultation.

Pressed for Time?

It is really important to stress that you do not need to answer all the consultation questions. For the purpose of making the above points, it is only necessary to answer three (short version) or four (long version) of the questions. CARE has provided this briefing to help you answer these key questions.

If you can only spare a few minutes, we’ve provided you with a short version of how to respond. If you want to submit a more detailed response, scroll down for more information.

Short Ver­sion: takes just a few minutes to respond

You'll need to respond directly on the consultation webpage.

There are 11 questions in the consultation. The three questions to which we encourage you to respond are: 1, 7 and 10.

Question 1

Yes, it has had a negative impact.

Question 7

Yes, benefits.

Question 10

As set out in the current temporary approval, permission should be time limited or end when the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 expires, whichever is earlier.

Respond directly on the consultation webpage.

It is important that both women and men respond to this consultation. We are aware that you or someone you know may have personal experience of pregnancy/baby loss whether through miscarriage, abortion, or other circumstances and that may impact you in any of a variety of ways as you respond. This consultation also touches on women’s experiences of domestic abuse. These are emotionally challenging experiences and we would encourage you to give yourself the space you need if this is difficult. Please do not feel pressure to respond. If you need to discuss your concerns with someone, please consider contacting your GP.
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Long Ver­sion: Takes 20 – 30 minutes to respond

If you would like help with submitting a more detailed response, we've got a longer supporter guide available to help you.

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In any pregnancy, both the woman and preborn baby have inherent value and dignity, by virtue of being made in the image of God. CARE is passionately pro-woman and pro-life.

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