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Dear John,

We only have 12 hours to secure an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill to protect women’s access to abortion care during this public health crisis – and we need your help.

We are calling on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, to act today to enable nurses and midwives to sign off abortion procedures during this time of crisis - or risk delays to up to 44,000 abortion procedures. 
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The current law on abortion requires that two doctors provide signatures to certify that the abortion does not breach the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

In the next 13 weeks, as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak in the UK, 44,000 women in England and Wales will need an Early Medical Abortion. This means that in the next 13 weeks, 88,000 signatures will need to be sought for abortions prior to 12 weeks’ gestation.

If doctors are unable to certify abortion procedures due to COVID-19, the service will be unable to run.

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Please ask your MP to make representations today to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to amend the Coronavirus Bill – in line with recommendations from senior healthcare professionals – to allow nurses and midwives to certify abortion procedures directly.
Thank you for your support. 

Best wishes, 

The bpas team 

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