Legal Bid To Make Abortion Easier In The UK

29/11/2013 11:15 | Updated 22 May 2015

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The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is taking legal action to make it easier for women to complete the abortion process in their own homes.

The charity has called on the High Court to update the 1967 Abortion Act which states that treatment for termination must be carried out in a clinic or hospital.

This means those choosing to abort a pregnancy before nine weeks have to go to a clinic to receive the drugs. They then have to return 24 to 48 hours later for a second dose.

BPAS says women should be given the second tablets, along with instructions on their usage, at their first appointment, and be allowed to take them at home.

It says the current law can make women suffer unnecessary anxiety about the abortion process, especially if they have travelled a long way or have to use public transport to get to and from the clinic.

It claims the current interpretation of the law is not in line with the intentions of Parliament when it passed the original Act.

BPAS said that in the US, France and Sweden it was common practice for women to take the second dose of tablets at home.

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