Evidence From Over 52,000 People in England and Wales Shows Telemedicine Abortion Without Ultrasound Is Safe, Effective and Improves Care
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The Covid-19 pandemic prompted the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to publish guidelines to safeguard abortion care in the UK. These new guidelines allowed for the delivery of medical abortion via telemedicine for people with pregnancies up to 10 weeks’ gestation. The telemedicine model does not require ultrasound scans unless there are reported symptoms. Based on over 52,000 reports of abortion during the study period, the authors, led by PRC faculty research associate Abigail Aiken, found that telemedicine medical abortion without ultrasound is safe, effective and improves access. They argue that no-test telemedicine should become routine in the provision of abortion care.