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UK: abortion pill measures 'a huge relief' - must now be adopted in Northern Ireland

New measures allowing women in England to take abortion pills at home as part of Covid-19 response were published and then withdrawn last week

Department of Health has confirmed new guidelines now apply  

Measures must be urgently extended to Northern Ireland

In response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s confirmation today that women in England will be able to take two abortion pills at home as a temporary measure to limit the transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19), Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International UK’s Northern Ireland Campaign Manager, said:

“It’s a huge relief that the Government has finally confirmed that women and girls in England will be given the option to self-manage abortions at home, particularly during the current global health pandemic.

“Allowing both pills to be taken at home provides the dignity and space to safely end a pregnancy, and must become a permanent healthcare option.

“We urge the same provisions to be extended to other parts of the UK.

“Northern Ireland’s new abortion regulations take effect from tomorrow, but services are still to be commissioned.

“Travelling for this healthcare during the Covid-19 crisis is no longer a safe or viable option, meaning Northern Ireland is effectively being left without services.

“It is essential that women and girls in Northern Ireland have equal access to abortion pills so they can self-manage crisis pregnancies in the safety of their own home.”

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