1967: abortion is allowed (Abortion Act dated 17 October)
1990: Human Fertilization and Embryology Act
2018: Approval of home as a class of place for treatment for the Termination of Pregnancy, permitting self administration of misoprostol at home (Wales, no specified gestational limit (20 June); England, up to 9 weeks and 6 days from LMP (27 December))

Abort-Report_England-Wales Medical abortion conditions
Specific conditions due to COVID-19

  • Approval Order of the Department of Health and Social Care of the UK Government on 30 March 2020
  • Approval Order of the Department of Health of the Welsh Government on 31 March 2020
  • – Use of telemedicine and approval for home-use of both mifepristone and misoprostol up to 9 week + 6 days
    – New guidelines support non-use of ultrasound at this gestation for example if LMP is certain and no significant risk of ectopic pregnancy
    – Approval for EMA home-use includes postal delivery of medication



Legal conditions

  • Two registered medical practitioners must certify that the required medical grounds have been met.

Specific conditions for minors

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Medical abortion conditions in England and Wales


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☷   ABORTION STATISTICS Abortion rates per 1,000 women in England & Wales

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☷   CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION Distribution of induced abortions according to woman age in England & Wales


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☷   FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA Fertility rates in England & Wales

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Consent of 2 physicians required.


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COVID measures taken from the article by Bojovic N, Stanisljevic J, Giunti G. The impact of COVID-19 on abortion access: Insights from the European Union and the United Kingdom. Health Policy. 2021 Jul;125(7):841-858.
IPPF European Network – Updated January 2012 (
Department of Health (
National statistics, Department of Health – Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2020 (
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (


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