New Research Finds Access Barriers to Abortion in Great Britain

20 September 2017

A paper published in the journal Contraception gives voice to women who have experienced such difficulty in accessing abortion care in Great Britain that they have resorted to online care on the Internet.

The study examined the demographics and circumstances of all women requesting early medication abortion through the online telemedicine initiative Women on Web (WoW) over a 4-month period which shows that some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups of women are prepared to break the law to surmount barriers in accessing abortion care. Closing the healthcare gap would require legal and regulation change.

Aiken Abigail R.A., Guthrie Katherine A., Schellekens Marlies, Trussell James, Gomperts Rebecca. Barriers to accessing abortion services and perspectives on using mifepristone and misoprostol at home in Great Britain. Contraception 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2017.09.003