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Legalising home abortions would be a step back for medicine

When the health secretary published the “approval of a class of places” provisions under the Abortion Act last March, he ushered in the greatest change to the law since the legislation was enacted in 1967.

And within the last week, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has called for the “temporary” legislation allowing home abortions to be made permanently legal.

The government’s consultation on the issue closes tomorrow — but now, at a time of chaos and uncertainty across our society, is not the time for such a significant change to the law.

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