The government has today announced that a policy enacted in response to Covid-19 to allow early medical abortions at home in England will be scrapped at the end of August.
The move follows interventions from the Church of England, which opposes abortion on principle.
Mark Sheard, the chairman of the Mission and Public Affairs Council, said he had written to health secretary Sajid Javid calling for the policy to be scrapped.
In response, the National Secular Society wrote to Javid last week, saying religious ideology should not influence healthcare policies, "especially when appeasing 'pro-life' religious interest groups will undermine the health, safety and well-being of women".
Support for 'pills by post'
In 2020 the government enabled women to receive all medication by post for abortions before 10 weeks' gestation following a telephone consultation, instead of visiting a clinic.
Last year the NSS joined medical organisations and women's rights campaigners in backing proposals to make the 'pills by post' provisions permanent.
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