Press Release

Pro-life coalition calls on government to end DIY home abortion on one-year anniversary

29 March 2021         Issued by: Christian Concern

Media call details for letter delivery and photo opportunity

Tuesday 30 March 2021

11:00 – Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1H 0EU
11:45 – Parliament Square
12:35 – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 10-18, Union St, London SE1 1SZ


Tomorrow (30 March), on the one-year anniversary of the introduction of ‘pills by post’ telemedicine, a pro-life coalition will be delivering a letter to the government calling for an end to the service.

The coalition, Care For Women, was formed in response to the government’s double U-turn on the issue a year ago.

Women who have been impacted by the service are beginning to tell their stories, including Natalia, 20, who will be part of the group delivering the letter to the Department for Health and Social Care and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The group is calling on the government and public health bodies to:

  • End ‘pills by post’ abortion measures immediately
  • Ensure meticulous and impartial data collection to ascertain the full impact of these measures
  • Ensure women in a crisis pregnancy are properly supported and counselled by truly independent organisations.

A year ago on 30 March 2020, six days after Matt Hancock personally said, “We have no proposals to change any abortion rules as part of the Covid-19 response,” the UK Government implemented the most radical change to abortion law and how it is delivered since the 1967 Abortion Act.

Matt Hancock U-turned after significant pressure from the abortion lobby and allowed the service on a ‘temporary’ basis in response to the pandemic.

A year on the government has just closed a consultation on making the service permanent.

In the past year, over 75,000 medical abortions have taken place in homes – without any in-clinic assessment, ultrasound scan or medical supervision.

Huge concerns have been raised over increased risks of coercion and how the service repeatedly crosses legal boundaries.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: “A large group of pro-life groups have come together as a partnership to stand against this specific issue. Why? Because what has happened over the past year with the government’s introduction of telemedicine home abortions has been unprecedented.

“How it was implemented at the height of a national crisis has been so chilling for our democracy and for women and the choices they make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

“A year ago, both on the floor of the House of Commons and House of Lords clear promises were made that the measure introduced would be strictly temporary.

“Just as we predicted then the government is now consulting on making the service permanent. Sadly, it will be very difficult to put this kind of measure back in the bottle, but the government must reverse it.”


Notes to Editors

The letter:

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Natalia’s story

Care for Women is a partnership of pro-life groups dedicated to seeing an end to DIY abortion. The campaign is supported by:

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