During the COVID-19 pandemic the government put in place a temporary measure in England, enabling women and girls to take both pills for early medical abortion (EMA) in their own homes up to 10 weeks (9 weeks and 6 days) gestation.
Before the pandemic, only the second pill for EMA could be taken at home ? women and girls attended an abortion service to take the first pill.
The temporary measure has been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure continued access to abortion services. Its time limited for 2 years, or until the pandemic is over ? whichever is earliest.
The government is now seeking views on whether or not to make the temporary measure permanent.