The English government has announced that the DIY abortion scheme, introduced due to the coronavirus epidemic, will end in August 2022. Previous abortion measures will then be reinstated which involved an in-person consultation before taking the first pill. Since the approval of DIY abortion two years ago abortion rates have reached their highest rate with an estimated 200,000 women self-managing their medical abortion at home.
The Welsh assembly, despite coming under the same health laws as the English government, has made the DIY abortion measures permanent. The Welsh assembly claims they are supporting women and are providing safe benefits for women who wish to have an abortion. This directly contradicts the central health department who have made the decision to end the DIY abortion scheme because the safety and wellbeing of women is their foremost priority.