U.K. Loosens Restrictions on Abortion Pills by Mail During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Rules in the U.K. eased during coronavirus crisis to allow women to be sent both sets of abortion pills. Pictured: A 2018 pro-choice march in Spon End, Coventry, England. (Gwydion M Williams)

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, women in the U.K. will have access to abortion at home, without traveling to a clinic.

The move will be made on a temporary basis—limited for two years or until the coronavirus crisis is over.

Prior to this temporary change, women were required to visit a clinic and take the first abortion pill, mifepristone, on-site. The second pill, misoprostol, is typically taken at home. 

Now, in the U.K., after a phone or video consultation with a doctor, patients may have both pills delivered to their homes.

Although only meant to last through the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision ensures that women will have access to abortion without risking their…

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