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Temporary measures were introduced in England, Scotland and Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic to allow both tablets for early medical abortion to be taken at home, providing certain conditions were met.

This short briefing examines recent decisions made by the UK and Welsh Governments, and by the UK Parliament, on whether to make the temporary arrangements permanent. It does not comment on the ethics of abortion.

In England and Wales, the temporary measures on early medical abortion have been made permanent. The Scottish Government is due to decide on the matter once an evaluation on the effectiveness and safety of the temporary measures is complete.


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