Under current regulations, women who have an Early Medical Abortion in England and Wales are required to take the second pill, misoprostol – which induces their miscarriage – on clinic premises, before beginning their journey home. Misoprostol can sometimes work quickly and women may have long journeys, especially if they are in rural areas or reliant on public transport. The current regulations put women at needless risk of miscarrying en route – a process that involves painful cramping and heavy bleeding.
In order to spare women this indignity, the Health and Social Care Secretary must use his powers to update the guidelines for Early Medical Abortion.
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Please take one minute to email your MP and ask them to support moves to allow the home use of misoprostol.