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Safeguarding and Teleconsultation for Abortion

Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe and Parsons, Jordan A and Salter, Isobel and Hampton, Thomas (2021) 'Safeguarding and Teleconsultation for Abortion.', The Lancet, 398 (10299). pp. 555-558.


In response to COVID-19 and measures implemented to control virus transmission, some governments adapted abortion law and policy to ensure access to abortion care through telemedicine. In Great Britain, approval orders were issued March 30–31, 2020, making fully remote, no-test, early medical abortion temporarily lawful. Professional guidelines were then issued to support providers in offering new remote services. Other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries have also temporarily amended policies to enable remote consultation and at-home use of abortion medications: France, Ireland, and the USA (panel). Others have enabled fewer face-to-face consultations, although abortion medications must still be collected or administered in-person—eg, in Estonia and Germany. In most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, however, laws continue to prohibit fully remote abortion provision.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 07 February 2022.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
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Publisher statement:© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date accepted:30 April 2021
Date deposited:26 October 2021
Date of first online publication:07 August 2021
Date first made open access:07 February 2022

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