During ongoing coronavirus woman requiring a medical abortion in England, Scotland and Wales can now access a “pills by post” system.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) confirmed that the telemedicine was now available for women to take up to week 10 of pregnancy – later terminations may still require a surgical abortion in a clinic.
The postal service is still not available for women in Northern Ireland.
This announcement, which reportedly saw the first pills sent out on Wednesday morning, follows a U-turn from the Department of Health on the use of abortion pills in the home.
On Monday 23 March a document published on the DHSC website stated that women would no longer need to go to a hospital or clinic in order to have a medical abortion.