Due to the pandemic, it is possible to receive pills for a medical abortion in the post after a telephone conversation with a doctor. It is now suggested that this arrangement should become permanent.

Receiving a quick DIY solution over the telephone is a dangerous practice for potential mothers and is open to risk and abuse.

a. Is it the mother's wish and not that of others who may not be there to share the consequences?

b. Is there an accurate check on the length of the pregnancy? The pills will only work in the early stages: they may cause permanent physical damage to an otherwise healthy child.

c. What is the medical back-up plan should something go wrong?

d. Could the pills be used by a third party?

The treatment of unwanted pregnancies through virtual consultancies should revert to the pre-lockdown, legal medical abortion criteria.

Danny West


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