From BPAS <[email protected]>
Subject TAKE ACTION - Help us secure access to safe abortion care.
Date February 1, 2021 12:05 PM
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Dear John,

Abortion care has been held back for decades by our out-of-date abortion law. Telemedicine has proven to guarantee safe, accessible abortion care to women and girls across Great Britain. We need to ensure this continues. We are encouraging all those who support reproductive choice to respond here ([link removed]) .

Why should telemedicine continue post-COVID?
* Telemedicine allows women to terminate their pregnancies at the earliest gestations – making the procedure safer for women
* At BPAS waiting time have fallen by more than a week - this simply would be impossible without telemedicine
* Although rates of complications were already low, this has significantly dropped since the introduction of telemedical care.

All nations in Great Britain are consulting on this crucial issue. The consultations in England and Wales close in the last week of February. Although the Scottish deadline closed last week, you can still email you still write to your MSP asking them to support keeping telemedicine in place. Please take five minutes to respond to the consultations here ([link removed]) , using our handy guide ([link removed]) if you like.

It just takes 5 minutes, and it will help to secure safe, effective a

We need your support to ensure women and girls can still access this essential service after COVID-19. Please respond to the consultation, and then share on social media using our #PillsbyPost hashtag.
[link removed] Women and girls need your support to ensure access to abortion care - take action NOW. ([link removed])
[link removed] Women and girls need your support to ensure access to abortion care - take action NOW. ([link removed]
Best wishes,

The BPAS team

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Under a law from 1861 any woman, anywhere in the UK, can go to prison for ending a pregnancy without the permission of two doctors. MPs support change, but we need the opportunity to make it happen. We are considering several legislative routes.
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Anti-abortion activism targeted at clinics is on the rise in the UK. We are working to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics to protect women and staff from intimidation and harassment. So far two buffer zones have been introduced, and more are in the pipeline.
Fighting the two-child benefits cap

The two-child benefits cap pushes families into poverty and impacts women's reproductive decisions. We are working with other UK charities to fight it. Read our briefing here ([link removed]) .
Just Say Non!

Our campaign for accessible emergency contraception has seen prices slashed across major pharmacy chains. We're now working to make it available straight from the pharmacy shelf, without a mandatory consultation – as already happens in the USA, Canada, and many European countries.
Improving access to contraception

We're working with pharmacists nationwide to improve access to several methods of contraception, including the injection and the pill.
Working with women in prisons

Our contraceptive counselling & well woman advice service in Europe's largest women’s prison, HMP Bronzefield, was an RCNi Nurse Awards ([link removed]) finalist. We provide confidential, non-judgemental counselling & education to aid women's wellbeing & rehabilitation.
Decriminalisation further afield

We’ve been working with pro-choice campaigners and the governments of the Isle of Man and Gibraltar to change their laws outlawing abortion and help them provide care for their citizens.

Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy are bombarded with public health messages, for example about what to eat, drink, how much they should weigh, and what medications they should or shouldn’t take. The WRISK project ([link removed]) aims to understand and improve the communication of risk in pregnancy, to make things better for women.

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