Later today, MPs will vote on whether to allow women to take both abortion pills at home even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
An amendment to this end - NC28 - was tabled last week by pro-abortion MPs to the UK Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill which applies in England and Wales.
New Clause 28 (NC28) claims to extend the temporary telemedicine abortion arrangements introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- NC28 would allow women in situations of domestic abuse to consult with a medical practitioner via telemedicine, and obtain abortion pills, without having to ever visit a clinic and see a doctor in person.
- No gestational limit is provided in NC28, meaning that the general gestational limit of 24 weeks from the 1967 Abortion Act would apply in most cases.
- There is no clarity about how NC28 would operate; it would be difficult for doctors to know whether false claims for access to abortion pills were being made.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, today selected this amendment, deeming it in scope of the DAB.
Another extreme abortion amendment which would have legalised abortion on demand for any reason up to 28 weeks, including sex-selective abortion, was not picked for a vote.
MPs will today debate the DAB at Report Stage and Third Reading after which the legislation will move on to the Lords where further amendments can be tabled.