Source: BuzzFeed News
Many women in Britain who turn to the internet to get hold of abortion pills do so because they are unable to access the procedure via a clinic, according to new research.
Data published today in the journal Contraception gives fresh insight into the reasons behind a dramatic recent increase in women in Britain seeking to illegally carry out early medical abortions at home, despite the procedure – which doesn’t require surgery – being legally available in clinical settings in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Campaigners believe the findings strengthen the case for the now 50-year-old Abortion Act 1967 to be reformed and updated in line with medical advances.
Long waiting times, distances to a clinic, work and childcare commitments, and lack of eligibility for NHS services were among the most common reasons for seeking abortion pills online given by women who contacted Women on Web, a nonprofit organisation that sends the pills to those in countries where the procedure is illegal.