Why are women in Britain having to travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion? podcast | News

An unprecedented demand for abortions in the UK is leading to a crisis in abortion services. While women in the early stages of pregnancy can now receive abortion pills in the post, services that provide surgical abortions are being pushed to the limit. At Homerton hospital, east London, doctors explain to Hannah Moore why women with complications, such as anaemia, are having to travel hundreds of miles to get the care they need and, in some cases, face delays of weeks before they can have a termination. Jonathan Lord, medical director of MSI Reproductive Choices UK, describes the consequences for women who endure such waits, while Clare Murphy, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, explains how underfunding has left abortion providers struggling.

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