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Respond to the Welsh Government’s home abortion consultation

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on how early medial abortions at home are conducted. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 23 February. This consultation only considers provision of abortion services in Wales.

Why is this con­sulta­tion so concerning?

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.

If you'd like to know more about the background to this consultation and the events that led up to it, this page will help you.

Pressed for time?

It is really important to stress that you do not need to answer all the consultation questions. It is only necessary to answer 3 (short version) or 4 (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 can respond online through the consultation website, or by completing the response form and posting or emailing it to the relevant address – the form and relevant addresses are also available through the website. All documents are also available and responses can be submitted in Welsh.

There are 11 questions in the consultation. The three questions to which we encourage you to respond are: 1, 3 and 8. Please say the following in your own words.

Question 1

No, it has had a negative impact with regard to safety.

Question 3

The provision of abortion without an in-person appointment increases the potential for harm to women at risk of coercion. Without a mandatory in-person appointment it will be difficult to ensure that all women receiving pills are doing so freely, without coercion.

Question 8

Option 2: Remain unaffected (i.e. be time limited for two years and end two years after the Coronavirus Act came into force (25 March 2022), or end on the day on which the temporary provision of the Coronavirus Act 2020 expire, whichever is earlier.

Ready to submit?

Don't forget, you can respond online through the consultation website, or by completing the response form and posting or emailing it to the relevant address – the form and relevant addresses are also available through the website. All documents are also available and responses can be submitted in Welsh.

If you want to submit a longer response, then use this link to access our longer guide which engages with 4 key questions.

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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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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