In England and Wales today, a woman who ends her own pregnancy can be sent to prison for life. This includes victims of domestic abuse who use abortion medication purchased online because they cannot safely attend a clinic.
During the current pandemic, women are able to receive abortion medication by post. For women in controlling or abusive relationships, this has enabled them to end a pregnancy safely and legally without their abuser discovering that they are pregnant.
However, this provision is set to be removed once the threat from COVID-19 has passed. If the law is not changed, women will one again be forced to attend clinics for abortion care. If they are not able to safely attend a clinic, vulnerable women will be forced to continue a pregnancy against their will, or risk life imprisonment by using abortion pills purchased online.
A coalition of charities and healthcare providers are calling on parliament to amend the Domestic Abuse Bill to decriminalised abortion and protect vulnerable women and girls. Tell your MP to back this vital amendment.