MPs vote to make dangerous at-home abortion scheme permanent in EnglandAbortion
MPs have voted in favour of an amendment to make the controversial at-home abortion scheme permanent in England by 215 to 188 votes, a majority of 27.
Under cover of the covid-19 pandemic, the UK Government changed the rules to allow women to take both abortion pills at home, despite warnings from CARE and others that the move would endanger women.
A few months ago, the UK Government said the scheme would end on 29 August this year. However, when the Health and Care Bill was going through the Lords a few weeks ago, Peers voted in favour of Baroness Sugg's amendment to make the scheme permanent.
In recent weeks, two professional organisations, the National Network of Designated Healthcare Professionals for Safeguarding Children and the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health backed the ending of the scheme.
During the debate today in the House of Commons, concerns were raised that the scheme would put women in danger.
Fiona Bruce MP said she and many colleagues were:
Dr Caroline Johnson MP also said she would oppose extending the scheme:
The outcome means England joins Wales in making the scheme permanent. The Scottish Government has yet to announce its decision.
A CARE spokeswoman said: