The conservative campaign group, Christian Concern, has asked the Court of Appeal to judge whether the government was right to allow women to take abortion pills at home instead of at a clinic, during the lockdown. The temporary change was made following concern that abortion clinic closures meant a significant number of women would have been unable to access early medical abortion. It allowed women to have medical abortions at home following a phone or video consultation with a doctor. But Christian Concern argued that this was “one of the most significant amendments” in the last five decades of abortion law. It lost a legal challenge in the High Court in May, so brought the case back to the Court of Appeal.
“The UK government is going to extraordinary lengths to protect lives due to the threat of Covid-19. It appears to fail to see the irony in opening up access to abortion and counting the lives that will be lost as a result of such action.”Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern
“The Secretary of State for Health was absolutely right to take this action, because this has protected womens’ health during the pandemic. We can treat women safely in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. It’s particularly meant for women in difficult circumstances, with health tissues or in coercive relationships, who cannot leave their homes, that they can access safe legal care.”Clare Murphy of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service