FSRH and RCOG Joint Statement on the Government’s decision to Fund Abortion Care in England for Women Resident in Northern Ireland

Posted 4 July 2017

Date: 04 Jul 2017

Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcome the Government's announcement that they will fund abortion care in England for women resident in Northern Ireland

Last week the leading professional membership bodies in women’s health – the RCOG and the FSRH - put their support behind a letter, signed by over 40 parliamentarians, to the Secretary of State for Health requesting that abortion care for women in Northern Ireland is funded in England.

 Commenting on the Government's announcement, Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the FSRH, said:

“The Government has made the right and ethical decision to extend access to abortion services in England to women who live in Northern Ireland. This is a major step towards realising women’s sexual and reproductive health rights across the UK.

The Government must now focus on guaranteeing other reproductive rights, especially access to high quality contraception services.”

Read the statement in full here. It can also be downloaded below.