British government retracts announcement allowing women to take abortion pills at home
Hours after they were published online, Britain’s Department of Health has retracted changes to the country’s abortion laws that would have allowed women to complete a chemical abortion at home, without going to a hospital or clinic first.
“This was published in error. There will be no changes to abortion regulations,” a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told The Independent, five hours after the purported changes appeared on the UK government’s official website.
The retracted order would have allowed women to terminate pregnancies via abortion pills for up to nine weeks of pregnancy, and would not have required women to attend a hospital or clinic first, The Independent reported.
Amid the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and strict social distancing orders, doctors would have been able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol via “video link” or telephone.
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