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Women 'could take second pregnancy termination pill at home'

Women 'could take second pregnancy termination pill at home'

Evidence given to MPs conducting an enquiry into abortion legislation could result in laws on pregnancy termination in Britain being relaxed.

Currently, women who choose to have a drug-induced abortion are given two tablets, both of which are taken under medical supervision in either a hospital or a clinic.

The first pill, mifepristone, acts to detach the foetus from the womb while the second, misoprostol, is taken two days later and induces miscarriage within a few hours.

However, it has been recommended that women should be allowed to take the second course of treatment at home.

The Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV said in its evidence that: "It is perfectly safe for the second stage of early medical abortion to be carried out at home within the structure of properly organised services."

It was also put forward that women should no longer need to have two doctors to sign off an abortion.

In the wake of the advisory group's proposition, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has warned that more research needs to be conducted before laws are changed.

© Adfero Ltd

 

Abortion and termination news: 15 January 2007

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