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UK Government’s consultation

on ‘DIY’ home abortion

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The UK Government has launched a consultation on whether to make permanent the current temporary arrangement allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 26 February 2021. Full information on the consultation is available here

If you use the easy-to-use tool below to respond, your response will then be submitted through the UK Government’s submission website. To find out how the Department of Health and Social Care handle your personal data, please see their privacy policy. 

We have included suggested answers in each of the sections, if you do have time, we recommend writing this in your own words and adding in any other points you feel are necessary to cover. 

We have provided the tool as we have been approached by a number of people that have found the online form on the Government website difficult to follow, and they have asked for us to provide a way for them to make a submission that will be easier for them to complete and help with making the consultation process accessible to more people. We have designed the form below for individuals to submit. If you are an organisation, please see the consultation page for details on how to make a submission.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a submission using the Government’s submission website you can do so here – we have put together a step-by-step guide which will help you with filling the consultation in. Click here to view our consultation guide.

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About you

What is your name? (optional)

What is your email address? *

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What is your ethnicity? Choose one option that best describes your ethnic group or background

Have you accessed abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken both pills for EMA at home

Impact of home use of both pills for EMA up to 10 weeks gestation on delivery of abortion services

1. Do you consider that the temporary measure has had an impact on the provision of abortion services for women and girls accessing these services with particular regard to safety?

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2. Do you consider that the temporary measure has had an impact on the provision of abortion services for women and girls accessing these services with particular regard to accessibility?

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3. Do you consider that the temporary measure has had an impact on the provision of abortion services for women and girls accessing these services with particular regard to privacy and confidentiality of access?

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4. Do you consider that the temporary measure has had an impact on the provision of abortion services for those providing services? This might include greater workforce flexibility, efficiency of service delivery, value for money etc.

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5. Have other NHS services been affected by the temporary measure?

Please provide details of which services

6. What information do you consider should be given to women around the risks of accessing pills under the temporary measure if their pregnancy may potentially be over 10 weeks gestation?

7. Outside of the pandemic do you consider there are benefits or disadvantages in relation to safeguarding and women's safety in requiring them to make at least one visit to a service to be assessed by a clinician?

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Public sector equality duty

As part of the consultation, the UK Government are inviting views on the impact of making permanent home use of both pills for EMA on people with protected characteristics and steps that could be taken to mitigate against any adverse impact, against the Government’s duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Protected characteristics are: age; gender reassignment; being married or in a civil partnership; being pregnant or on maternity leave; disability; race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

8. To what extent do you consider making permanent home use of both pills could have a differential impact on groups of people or communities?

For example, what is the impact of being able to take both pills for EMA at home on people with a disability or on people from different ethnic or religious backgrounds?

Socioeconomic considerations

In addition to the protected characteristics as discussed above, we are also seeking views on the potential for making permanent home use of both pills for EMA to reduce or increase inequality in health outcomes experienced by different socioeconomic groups.

9. To what extent do you consider that making permanent home use of both pills for EMA would increase or reduce the difference in access to abortion for women from more deprived backgrounds or between geographical areas with different levels of disadvantage?

Whether to make home use of both pills for EMA a permanent measure

As set out in the consultation document, the current approval allowing home use of both pills for EMA up to 10 weeks gestation is not permanent.

It will currently expire on the day on which the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 expire, or the end of the period of 2 years beginning with the day on which it is made, whichever is earlier.

We are seeking views on whether this should be made permanent (noting that, as with any other healthcare service, the measure would be kept under review should new evidence or information emerge), and if not, when the temporary measure should end.

It is important to note that the options for the future of the temporary measure set out in question 10 will be subject to any considerations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic that are relevant at the time the decision is taken

10. Should the temporary measure enabling home use of both pills for EMA

Have you any other comments you wish to make about whether to make home use of both pills for EMA a permanent measure?

How satisfied are you with the consultation process?

How did you hear about the consultation?

On which social media channel did you hear about the consultation?

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