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Christian campaign group welcomes government's decision to end DIY home abortion in England

by Premier Journalist
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The government has confirmed the temporary measure- allowing for at home abortions- will end in August. 

In March 2020, the UK government introduced an emergency policy to allow women to receive the two pills needed for a pregnancy termination, after a phone consultation instead of an in-person appointment. 

The policy caused widespread divide among those who campaigned to make it permanent and those who urged the government to revoke it.

Consequently, the government launched public consultations on the issue.

In March 2021, more than 600 medical professionals wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, the First Minister of Scotland and the First Minister of Wales warning of the policy posed risks to women's health and welfare.

On Wednesday, Minister for Vaccines and Public Health, MP Maggie Throup said: "The temporary approval will end at midnight on August 29 2022. 

"From this point, the pre-COVID regulatory requirements for the provision of early medical abortion will be reinstated."

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern welcomed the government's decision.

"Christian Concern was at the centre of challenging the policy from the beginning. 

"Our legal case exposed the behaviour of the abortion lobby, as they sought to use the crisis to bring about their long-term aim to allow pills-by-post abortions."

She continued: "The government needs to stand behind this decision with confidence over the next six months, as the abortion lobby does everything it can, to reverse the decision again."

When asked how Christians can be praying for this issue, Alithea Williams, public policy manager at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, told Premier: "We want to pray for all the women who have been through this process. 

"Pray that they find healing and just generally remember that while this is a victory, we still have over 200,000 babies who die every year for abortion. 

"So pray that we build on this and that true protections for unborn babies and for their mothers are brought in."

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