We need you! Lobby your MP for the last chance to retain the right to telemedical abortion.
JuliaMumsnet · 22/03/2022 09:41
You may have heard that earlier this month in spite of support for the service from BPAS, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Midwives, the British Medical Association, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis and many other organisations, the Government announced that telemedical abortion will come to an end in England in six months time. This service, which allows women to have a telephone or video consultation with a qualified nurse or midwife and – where eligible – have abortion medication posted to them to use, has been available throughout the pandemic.
Telemedical abortion is a safe, effective, and accessible option for accessing abortion care in the first ten weeks of pregnancy, and means that women who struggle to attend an in-clinic appointment - because of a lack of childcare, transport issues, domestic abuse or any other reason - are able to obtain care.
When we asked Mumsnet users in January, nearly 80% of you told us you supported the retention of telemedical abortion. And now, thanks to an amendment by Baroness Liz Sugg, we have one last chance to keep this provision. On March 16th, Baroness Sugg proposed an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill as it passed through the Lords to keep telemedical abortion in place in England. The amendment passed, which means it now goes back to the House of Commons for another vote (most probably during the w/c 28th March).
The amendment will be a free vote, which means MPs won’t be instructed how to vote by their political party - they will choose themselves whether to vote in favour of or against the amendment, or, to abstain. We know that MPs’ inboxes are filling up with emails from the anti-abortion lobby - and we want to make sure that they understand the strength of feeling amongst women in favour of keeping this provision. So we’re asking Mumsnet users to contact their MP and encourage them to vote in favour of the amendment.
Here’s how you do that:
- Find your MP's contact details here.
- Write them an email about why you care about this issue, and why you want them to vote for the amendment. You can use the template we have provided below, but if you have time please consider personalising your message - it will make it more effective!
- Tweet and tag your MP (and @MumsnetTowers) in some of the graphics on our twitter page with the hashtag #KeepTelemedicalAbortion. You can copy and paste the images. We'll be retweeting!
Let’s mobilise the power of Mumsnet and help retain what has been a real step forward for women’s reproductive rights.
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Subject: Please vote FOR retaining telemedical abortion in the Health and Care Bill
Dear [YOUR MP’s NAME]
I’m emailing as your constituent about the upcoming vote in the House of Commons on an amendment by Baroness Liz Sugg to the Health and Care Bill to support the retention of telemedical abortion.
The largest study of telemedical abortion in the world found that telemedicine is safe, effective, and improves care, and in a Mumsnet poll of more than 8,000 users in January 2022, more than 77% of users said they were in favour of retaining this service. Telemedical abortion means that women who struggle to attend an in-clinic appointment - because of a lack of childcare, transport issues, employment or any other reason - are able to obtain safe, timely and effective care. It also provides an accessible way for women in abusive and controlling relationships to access abortion care
Removing the provision of telemedical abortion would be a backwards step for women’s health and reproductive choice. It must be retained. Please vote for Baroness Liz Sugg’s amendment.
IcakethereforeIam · 22/03/2022 10:32
I'm broadly in support of this but I've heard some stories, that are probably bs, about women being bullied into taking the drugs or them being tricked into taking them without their knowledge. I think the 2nd scenario is likely bunk, or very rare, surely there would have been a court case. But the first sounds all too plausible.
Other than that, I'd be happy to write. Though my MP will likely ignore it.
RoseslnTheHospital · 22/03/2022 10:35
Thanks for highlighting this.
pointythings · 22/03/2022 10:47
Done - I feel very strongly about this. It's especially important for women in abusive relationships who are at risk from reproductive coercion.
EmbarrassingHadrosaurus · 22/03/2022 11:00
I strongly agree with this point.
This was such a step forward for women who need this intervention: it would be such a regression to discontinue it.
ModerationInEverything · 22/03/2022 11:10
Whatdramain2022 · 22/03/2022 12:27
Absolutely not. I would not have my wonderful DD if this had been available when I found that I was pregnant. My ex did everything he possibly could at the time to make me abort her. He would have used force to make me take the tablets. I'm sure women today are forced, against their will. This should never be a free for all. I ran away from the abortion and hid at a family member's house.
Viviennemary · 22/03/2022 12:54
Quite a number of stories on MN about people being pressurised into taking these pills. Then regretting it. I think there are drawbacks here.
Crankley · 22/03/2022 13:50
I won't be signing. I know someone who was forced to take the drugs against her wishes by her abusive partner and it appears this is not unique, judging by other comments on here.
Crankley · 22/03/2022 13:50
I mean I won't be contacting my MP, of course.
pointythings · 22/03/2022 13:54
I've signed because of all the stories I have read on here about abusive partners deliberately keeping their partners pregnant so they can't leave... There's two sides.
Awwlookatmybabyspider · 22/03/2022 14:11
I'm not signing as I'm pro life. People always talk about the women's rights. Should the baby have no rights at all.
As far as I'm concerned we are human beings from the split second of conception.
All That said I'd never condemn any one for making that choice. (Thinking what you like is of course one thing. Saying what you like is another thing entirely).
I do have zero problem in saying I don't think abortion should be used as a type of contraception.
whumpthereitis · 22/03/2022 14:24
People always talk about the women's rights. Should the baby have no rights at all.
Awwlookatmybabyspider · 22/03/2022 14:28
Well actually NIDNHTBPH . However we'll respect each views like adults.
whumpthereitis · 22/03/2022 14:42
While I respect your right to have an opinion, I don’t respect the opinion.
Incidentally, I haven’t noticed any anti ageing benefits to this stance.
ProLifeHTH · 22/03/2022 14:47
I am also pro life and therefore will not be signing.
daisyjgrey · 22/03/2022 17:11
You're not pro-life. You're pro forced birth or you're anti-choice.
Either way, you're on the wrong thread.
pointythings · 22/03/2022 17:15
The really tragic thing is that this amendment is necessary at all. The science is pretty clear, the professional bodies are in favour - why is our bloody government letting the emotional and irrational arguments of the pro-lifers outweigh all that?
Awwlookatmybabyspider · 22/03/2022 17:25
Why is she/he on the wrong thread, Daisy. It because their opinion differs from yours.
RoseslnTheHospital · 22/03/2022 17:28
It's the wrong thread because this isn't about whether abortions should be available at all, it's about whether or not one particular method should be made more easily available to women.
TyrannosaurusFlex · 22/03/2022 17:33
Appalled that there are still so many pro-birthers around
The misogyny comes from deep inside the house, clearly.
daisyjgrey · 22/03/2022 17:38
It's the wrong thread because it literally says in the title about needing people to sign a petition to keep this legislation. Something which they totally oppose, so yes, they are on TOTALLY the wrong thread.
Don't be wilfully obtuse 🙄
Soozikinzii · 22/03/2022 17:54
whumpthereitis · 22/03/2022 18:02
If you’d gone for the sock puppet username ‘thisisasockpuppetusername’ it would have been more subtle than the one you actually plumped for.
pointythings · 22/03/2022 18:04
This article is from 2019, but seems to indicate that slightly more women are coerced into continuing a pregnancy they do not want than are forced to terminate a pregnancy they wish to continue. So with the numbers being roughly equal, who do we protect? Given that it is not good for a child to be born into a household where there is abuse, I'm going with access to safe termination.
DysonSphere · 22/03/2022 18:31
I accept people have abortions
But I don't think it should be more accessible than it is without this option
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